Study Guide

Eclipse Love

By Stephenie Meyer

Love

[Renée to Bella:] "There's something... strange about the way you two are together… The way he watches you – it's so... protective. Like he's about to throw himself in front of a bullet to save you or something." (3.23)

Is Edward overprotective of Bella? How might his behavior change when she turns into a strong vampire?

I could see Victoria's face… her crimson eyes glowing… she held Edward responsible for the demise of her love, James. (3.191)

Apparently, love can also inspire hatred. So are love and hatred just two sides of the same coin? Or should "real" love also be turned toward your enemies?

[Edward's note to Bella:] "I'll be back so soon you won't have time to miss me. Look after my heart – I've left it with you." (4.26)

It's like Edward is living vicariously and experiencing "having a heart" through Bella. We often associate a heart with having emotions. Edward obviously has emotions. But how might his emotional life be affected by not having a heart?

[Jacob to Bella:] "Is that what [love] comes down to? Good looks?" (4.166-168)

Given that Bella always swoons over Edward's beauty, Jacob seems to have a point here. So how much does Bella love Edward for his looks? And what might attract Edward to Bella's human looks?

[Bella to Jacob:] "Well, that just sucks! I guess I'm stuck with Mike Newton after all." (4.176)

Does this mean that, in our normal world, we can never find the perfect mate, but will always have to settle for a compromise? Is the perfect mate a supernatural construct?

[Bella to Jacob:] "What is a valid reason for someone to love someone else?" (4.174-175)

Good question. Is there a valid reason to love or to not love someone else? Or does true love know no reason, not even choice? Bella seems to believe in the inevitability of her love for Edward. She has no choice but to love him. Is that a valid reason, or does love need no reason?

[Rosalie to Bella:] "When Royce kissed me, it wasn't quite the same… I shoved that thought aside. Royce was my prince." (7.40)

It seems that Rosalie knew in her heart that she was only in love with the idea of loving Royce and of him loving her. What does that say about Rosalie's character as a human girl? Do you think she's changed much as a vampire?

[Bella to Jacob:] "I love you, but I'm not in love with you." (15.11)

To love versus being "in" love. What do you think is the difference? Can you transition from one to the other?

[Jacob to Bella:] "Think about it Bella… you've kissed just one person – who isn't really a person – in your whole life… How do you know that's what you want?" (21.216)

Jacob seems to believe that kissing a person can tell you if you love them. He obviously has a very physical idea of love. How might that tie in with his werewolf nature?

And then quite distinctly I felt the splintering along the fissure line in my heart as the smaller part wrenched itself away from the whole. (23.276)

Does that mean that your heart can't take loving two people at the same time? Or is it more a matter of morality and cultural tradition to choose to be with only one person?