In New Moon, lies, secrets, and deceit are mainly related to protecting loved ones from harm. Edward lies to Bella about his love for her because he believes he poses a danger to her life. Jacob keeps his werewolf transformation a secret from Bella because he doesn’t want to draw her into his troubles. Bella lies to Charlie about her reckless behavior and the true pain she feels about losing Edward because she doesn’t want to worry him. Finally, the biggest secret Bella keeps from her human world is that vampires and werewolves inhabit it.
Questions About Lies and Deceit
- In promising that he would disappear "as if he’d never existed," did Edward make a promise he knew he couldn’t keep?
- Did you believe Edward when he told Bella he didn’t want her anymore? Why does Bella believe him?
- Jacob accuses Bella of having double standards when it comes to vampires and werewolves. Do you agree?
- In some situations in the book, characters lie in order to protect their loved ones. Do you think lying to protect another person is OK?