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Love

Eclipse explores the complexity of love and the struggle to define true love. The characters find love connected to many emotions. Some are positive, others are negative. Edward and Jacob's love fo...

Choices

Choice represents the major theme in the Twilight series. You always have a choice, but what distinguishes a right from a wrong choice? In Eclipse, the characters have trouble deciding whether to s...

Transformation

Eclipse explores the pros and cons of transforming into an immortal vampire. Bella has always been attracted to the advantages of eternal youth, beauty, and the supernatural skills that come with b...

Jealousy

Jealousy represents a natural part of romantic love in Eclipse. But should jealousy be expressed or suppressed? Edward and Jacob are clearly jealous of each other. But while Edward hides his jealou...

Sex

Eclipse explores sex as both a physical and emotional union of two people. Sex as a purely physical act tends to be violent and dangerous in this book. In Rosalie's case, her fiancé assaulted...

Marriage

Edward and Bella's arguments about marriage in Eclipse explore how the meaning of marriage has changed over time. While traditional, 100+-year-old Edward views marriage as a sanctified part of decl...

Warfare

In Eclipse, supernatural warfare shares many common traits with human warfare. The negative motives are greed, power, and revenge. On the other hand, war also inspires positive emotions, such as lo...

Manipulation

The characters in Eclipse manipulate each other emotionally to get what they want. While some manipulate openly, others hide their true intentions. Jacob openly guilt-trips Bella into kissing him,...

Mortality

What do you win or lose by being a mortal? In the throes of war in Eclipse, Bella learns that as a mortal you can easily lose your life, especially when you associate with supernatural creatures. S...

Good vs. Evil

Eclipse presents being good or evil as a personal choice, not an unchangeable state. Although vampires are born to thirst for human blood, the Cullen family has chosen a different life. Their allia...
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