Study Guide

Breaking Dawn Suffering

By Stephenie Meyer


[Edward to Bella:] "We're going to get that thing out before it can hurt any part of you." (7.157)

Although Edward knows that the "thing" inside her is part of him, he's willing to kill it just because it's hurting Bella.

[Jacob:] Pain came in easily managed forms. The pain of hunger. The pain of cold ice under your paws… Each pain had a simple answer, a clear action to end that pain." (8.211)

Jacob believes that physical pain is easier to deal with than emotional pain, because to end it requires a clear, physical action. Why doesn't emotional pain work the same way?

[Edward to Jacob:] "I'm not ready for you to kill me yet, Jacob Black. You'll have to have a little patience." (9.132)

It seems that Edward wants to die under Jacob's hand for what he's done to Bella, because he knows that his existence has also made Jacob suffer.

[Jacob:] "My fault," Edward whispered, and his knees gave out. He crumpled in front of me, vulnerable, the easiest target you could imagine. But I felt as cold as snow there was no fire in me. (9.142)

In the face of Edward's pain and helplessness, Jacob's rage and hatred disappears. He empathizes with him so much that he feels cold – like a vampire.

[Jacob:] Of course, die for the monster spawn. It was so Bella. (9.149)

Jacob seems to suggest that Bella has a tendency to be a martyr for love.

[Jacob to Bella:] "I'm not going to hang around and watch you die, Bella." (10.170)

Jacob can't bear to watch Bella sacrifice her life for an unknown monster inside of her. Might his words also be intended to make her aware of the consequences of her decision – death?

[Jacob:] …killing Bella felt like killing me, like suicide. (10.265)

Jacob and Bella's lives have become so intertwined that her pain is his pain, and to kill her would mean to end his own life.

[Leah to Jacob:] "I wasn't born a compassionless shrew. I used to be sort of nice, you know." (16.93)

Leah explains to Jacob that she has had a lot of painful experiences that have hardened her into the person she is now.

[Edward to Bella:] "Jacob isn't suffering… Though I might be willing to change his condition." (22.25)

Edward is not happy with the fact that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee. At the same time, he hesitates to punish him, because he can really see Jacob's devotion to his daughter.

[Esme to Edward:] "Stop her, Edward. She'll be unhappy if she hurts him." (22.44)

Esme knows that Bella's anger toward Jacob comes from her struggle to control the volatile emotions of a newborn vampire, and that she'd never would want to hurt Jacob otherwise.