Study Guide

New Moon Love

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[Bella to Edward:] "Which is tempting you more? My blood or my body?" I challenged.

[Edward:] "It’s a tie." (2.230-231)

Bella wonders how much of Edward is man and how much of him is vampire in his attraction to her. You could take this a step further and wonder if Edward would still be attracted to Bella if she were a vampire as well. What do you think?

[Bella:] "You… don’t… want me?" I tried out the words, confused by the way they sounded. (3.172)

There’s an entire world of meaning attached to these four simple words and Bella’s mind struggles to make that connection just yet.

Love, life, meaning… over. (3.214)

Without Edward, Bella sees no meaning in her existence.

[Bella:] I’d been broken beyond repair. But I needed Jacob now, needed him like a drug. I’d used him as a crutch for too long, and I was in deeper than I’d planned to go with anyone again. (9.221-222)

To need someone like a drug is an incredibly strong desire. Could this statement point to a character weakness in Bella? This also reminds us of passages in Twilight where Edward compares the way he's drawn to Bella as similar to a recovering drug addict around heroine (Twilight 13.75-79).

Edward, I love you. (10.160)

This is one of several moments in the story when Bella faces death, and her last thought goes to Edward.

No, Edward wasn’t a killer… But what if he had been? What if, during the time that I’d known him, he’d been just like any other vampire?… Would have that kept me away from him? I shook my head sadly. Love is irrational, I reminded myself. (14.195-197)

Bella realizes that when it comes to love, rules of good and evil don’t totally apply. Does this idea just hold true for her particular case, or in general? And do you believe her? What if Edward had joined the Volturi in massacring innocent tourists?

[Mike to Bella:] "Don’t kid yourself, Bella. The guy’s head over heels for you."… "I know," I sighed. "Life is complicated." "And girls are cruel," Mike said under his breath." (15.9-11)

Mike thinks that Bella is selfish to not acknowledge the lop-sided nature of her friendship with Jacob. He seems to think that it’s a "girl thing" to do. Is it?

"Juliet gets dumped and ends up with Paris" would have never been a hit. (16.75)

Bella thinks that Shakespeare’s play stood the test of time because Romeo and Juliet ended up dying for their love. Does that mean that tragedy outlives happiness in people’s minds?

[Jacob to Bella:] "You could stay here with me. You could stay alive. For Charlie. For me." (18.218)

Jacob is asking Bella to make a choice and decide whom she loves more: Edward or him. Might it also be a choice of love for Edward’s family over her own family?

[Bella:] "You love me," I marveled. The sense of conviction and rightness washed through me again. (24.63)

This is a crucial turning point for Bella. She realizes for the first time that Edward loves her as much as she loves him.

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