Study Guide

New Moon Good vs. Evil

By Stephenie Meyer

Good vs. Evil

"You try to make up for something that wasn’t your fault." (2.48)

Bella believes that, since Carlisle didn’t have a choice in becoming a vampire, he shouldn’t feel guilty for what he is. What do you think?

[Carlisle to Bella:] "God and heaven exist… and so does hell." (2.63)

For Carlisle, good and evil seem to be defined very clearly. He seems to think that vampires start in hell, but that at least he can redeem himself through good acts and go to heaven. Bella often refers to the Cullens’ angelic beauty. Could vampires be considered fallen angels?

[Carlisle to Bella:] "There was something so pure and good about his face. The kind of face I would have wanted my son to have." (2.94)

Carlisle believed that Edward’s human qualities would carry over into his vampire existence. Was he right in his assumption?

"I’m not human." He looked back and the icy planes of his perfect face were not human. (3.176)

Bella wonders, for a moment, whether Edward is right that he is naturally evil.

Jacob was my best friend, but he was a monster, too?… Should I warn him, if he and his friends were… were murderers? If they were out slaughtering innocent hikers in cold blood? (12.223)

Bella is torn up about whether she can be best friends with a murderer. And is there such a thing as a "good monster"?

"If I get too mad… too upset… you might get hurt." (13.129)

Jacob worries that he might transform from a good monster into an evil one.

"I almost ripped his face off. My own father." (15.25)

Apparently, Jacob’s temper during his transformation remains unaffected by close emotional ties. He’ll attack whoever happens to nearby. Maybe the moral here is: anger turns humans into animals?

I thought of him… with the same golden eyes that the… Cullens… had. That all good vampires had… his curious, dark red eyes followed… (10.100-102)

Bella distinguishes good and bad vampires by the color of their eyes.

[Alice to Bella:] "Over the millennia [the Volturi] have assumed the position of enforcing the rules." (19.43)

Alice explains that the Volturi keep the vampire world in check. Could their enforcement of certain rules be considered "good"?

[Aro:] "…please visit again. It’s been absolutely enthralling!" (21.128)

Aro lets Edward, Alice, and Bella go free. Does this gesture attest to a kernel of "goodness" in Aro?

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