by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon Theme of Good vs. Evil
At a first glance, New Moon defines werewolves as good and vampires as evil. Werewolves exist to protect humans from blood-sucking vampires. Vampires, on the other hand, are naturally disposed to kill humans. Physically, werewolves are half-human, while vampires are undead and not at all human. Yet, both creatures struggle with self-control and it’s not safe for humans to be around either of them. In New Moon, final judgment over good and evil seems to lie with personal choice. Edward chooses to be a selfless, good person, and so does Jacob.
Questions About Good vs. Evil
- Should vampires feels guilty about what they are if they had no choice in becoming one?
- Do you think that vampires who eat animals rather than humans are "good"?
- What’s more evil: a vampire killing a human or a human murdering another human?
- Like Twilight, New Moon plays with conventional notions of good and evil. Who do you think is good and who do you think is evil in this story?