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New Moon

New Moon

by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Love

New Moon explores different kinds of love. Apart from Bella’s one true romantic love for Edward, there’s her loving friendship for Jacob who healed her pain after Edward left. Jacob, on...

Suffering

In New Moon, Bella and Edward’s true love for each other is closely associated with true pain. Because they love each other so much, they suffer mentally and physically from being away from e...

Choices

As in Twilight, personal choice and free will play a vital role in New Moon. Edward chooses to leave Bella, although she’s the one true love of his life. Bella decides to commit a series of r...

Friendship

Where does friendship end and romantic love begin? Throughout New Moon, Bella struggles with how she feels about Jacob. Jacob knows that he wants more than just friendship with Bella, yet he promis...

Time

Does time heals all wounds? According to Edward, time heals all human wounds because human memories fade so quickly. This is why he believes that, after he leaves, Bella will be able to eventually...

Versions of Reality

New Moon explores different versions of reality in the form hallucinations, dreams, and visions of the future. Bella’s hallucinations reveal her subconscious desires, and her dreams probe int...

Mortality

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 th...

Lies and Deceit

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 ke...

The Supernatural

In New Moon, werewolves and vampires exist in the human world, only most people don’t know about them. What’s even more surprising is that they defy Western culture's traditional percep...

Transformation

In New Moon, characters experience two kinds of transformation: natural and supernatural. Bella undergoes a natural transformation. Broken-hearted and deserted by her true love, she turns into a li...

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...

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 k...

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 pr...

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