Study Guide

Eclipse Choices

By Stephenie Meyer

Choices

I don't know how long I stood weighing the pros against the cons… (2.290)

Does making a good choice imply a rational weighing of pros and cons? Or does it mean being emotionally true to yourself?

[Edward to Jacob:] "Do you really think hurting [Bella] is better than protecting her?" (3.188)

Does loving someone mean to protect him or her from a hurtful reality? Or does love mean that you always tell them the truth, regardless of the pain involved?

[Bella to Edward:] "I'm out. I'm a neutral country. I am Switzerland." (6.173)

Bella seems to think that she doesn't have to choose sides. But if it came to a war between vampires and werewolves, would she actually remain neutral?

[Rosalie to Bella:] "You have the choice that I didn't have, and you're choosing wrong." (7.108)

Is Rosalie really talking about what's the right choice for Bella or is she acting on her own behalf here, trying to make Bella choose the life she never had?

[Bella to Jacob] "I don't want options." (15.29)

It's interesting that Bella, who's usually all about personal choice, waives that right in this situation. Is it that she really doesn't want choices, or that she's afraid that another choice might steer her away from what she thinks she wants?

[Bella to Edward:] "I didn't mean it what way – like you have to choose me over your family." (19.153)

Isn't that exactly what Bella's asking Edward to do? Is she being unfair here, or is there a moral hierarchy of loyalty when it comes to your true love and your family? Where would your loyalty be first?

[Jacob to Bella, about becoming a werewolf:] "But at first it sort of felt like being drafted into a war… There was no choice." (21.321)

Obviously, Jacob's genetic makeup and heritage left him no choice but to morph into a werewolf and join the pack. It was his vocation. Yet, he still has a choice to live a normal life instead of this vocation. But is it wrong to dismiss what you were "born" to do?

[Jacob to Edward:] "I think you were just worried that if you really forced her to choose, she might not choose you." (22.126)

Edward fears that Bella's nature might cause her to choose Jacob if Edward forced her to decide between them. Does Bella often make choices to rebel against being limited in her own freedom?

[Alice to Bella:] "I'm sorry you have to choose between two good things." (26.49)

Apparently, it's harder to choose between two good things than one good and one bad thing. So how hard is it to choose between two bad things?

[Jacob to Bella:] "He's like a drug for you, Bella… I see you can't live without him now. It's too late. But would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun." (26.211)

Jacob believes that what attracts Bella to him is something natural, whereas her attraction to Edward is unhealthy, addictive, and destructive. Does he have a point?