Study Guide

Breaking Dawn Choices

By Stephenie Meyer

Choices

[Jacob:] So force me to say, Sam. Take away my will. Make me a slave. (8.208)

Jacob challenges Sam to take away his choice. Do you think he intends to show Sam that he can defy his orders? Or does he hope Sam might be able to have control over him and take away his choice, as well as his pain?

[Jacob:] I could feel it gathering in me, both a freedom and also a strange, hollow power." (11.30)

Jacob's feelings suggest that making choices in life gives you freedom, but also instills in you a certain kind of insecurity or loneliness with this independence.

[Carlisle to Jacob:] "But I can't ignore her will. It wouldn't be right to make such a choice for her, to force her." (12.130)

Carlisle seems to believe that even if someone chooses to sacrifice his or her life, it's wrong to keep that person from doing so. What would you have done in Carlisle's situation?

[Jacob to Jared:] "I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Leah belongs wherever she wants to be." (13.245)

Jacob doesn't believe in pack mentality. He wants everyone to have his or her own choice.

[Jacob to Leah:] "Imprinting is just another way of getting your choices taken away from you." (16.127)

Jacob believes that imprinting takes away your options in the realm of love. At the same time, he acknowledges throughout the story that he has no choice but to love Bella. So what's the difference for him, between imprinting and simply falling in love?

[Leah to Jacob:] "I just want to have options I don't have, Jacob. Maybe if there was nothing wrong with me, I would never give it a thought." (16.138)

Leah admits that she wants certain choices, just because she knows she can't have them. If she did have those options, she wouldn't care about them. Is that a common reason for people to want choices?

[Jacob:] That would go away, you know, if you imprinted. You wouldn't have to hurt over her anymore. Seemed like maybe getting your choices taken away from you wasn't the very worst thing in the world. Maybe feeling like this was the very worst thing in the world. (17.15)

Jacob thinks that if he imprinted, he wouldn't have to suffer over loving Bella anymore. He knows that he can't stop loving her on his own will.

[Emmett to Bella:] "You really didn't attack him?"… [Jasper:] "It's not natural." (22.149-155)

Jasper's worldview is turned upside down by the fact that Bella's self-control is stronger than her "natural" newborn tendencies to kill.

[Bella:] The Romanians' pronouncement seemed to have made the others feel the need to declare themselves as well. (34.102)

Bella believes that many of the other Cullen friends declared their loyalty in the case of war because they felt peer pressure to meet the Romanians' promise. Is making choices out of peer pressure common in our daily lives?

[Garret:] "Who rules you, nomads? Do you answer to someone's will besides your own? Are you free to choose your own path, or will the Volturi decide how you will live?" (37.168)

Garret tells the nomads that by taking the Volturi's side today, they're forfeiting power over their own lives and placing it in the hands of the Volturi.