by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon Theme of Strength and Skill
Vampires and werewolves surpass humans in physical strength and in mental skills. They’re stronger, faster, and more attuned to their senses that humans. But supernatural gifts come with a price. Both Edward and Jacob struggle to control their primal, animal instincts. Bella, on the other hand, makes up for her lack of physical strength with inner strength, will power, and determination, especially as we see in New Moon. Not even the most gifted vampire can crack into the world of her mind. She also seems to have a stronger capacity for bearing emotional pain than Edward or Jacob.
Questions About Strength and Skill
- Bella feels inadequate when confronted by the super powers that Jacob and Edward possess. If she found a normal boyfriend, might she feel the same way? Is it in Bella’s nature to feel inferior to other people?
- What strengths and skills do Edward and Jacob share, and what skills are unique to each?
- Vampires and werewolves have amazing powers. What qualities do you think they lack compared to humans?