The meaning of mortality plays a central role in New Moon. Bella would gladly sacrifice her mortality to live with Edward as an immortal vampire, happily forever after. She can’t stand the thought of aging while Edward forever stays seventeen. Edward, on the other hand, seeks to protect Bella’s mortality, because he wants her to experience a normal human life, and then death. He believes that vampires are soulless creatures with no chance for redemption or an afterlife. Carlisle, on the other hand, hopes that vampires can redeem themselves by overcoming their evil nature in favor of a selfless, loving life, and thus head to a happy afterlife.