by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon Theme of Family
New Moon examines different kinds of families. Groups of vampires and groups of werewolves form adopted families, bound by supernatural transformation, lifestyle, and special skills. Bella and her parents are, like most conventional families, related by blood. Contrary to what one might expect, the supernatural families appear to share a closer emotional bond, because their special mental skills don’t allow them to keep secrets from each other. Bella, on the other hand, often lies to Charlie and Renée. But in all cases, family members feel strong loyalty and love for one another, and all respect the head of the family.
Questions About Family
- The werewolf pack and the Cullen coven are clans that consist of people not related by blood, yet they seem closer in many ways than many human families, like Bella’s for instance. Why do you think that is?
- Due to their supernatural mental skills, both the Cullen family members and the members of the werewolf gang can’t really keep secrets from each other. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages?
- If Bella had to choose between Charlie and Renée (her real family) and the Cullens (her adopted family) which would she choose?
- Bella doesn’t seem to mind that she’ll never be able to have children with Edward. Why? Would you mind, if you were in her situation?