Study Guide

Twilight Hate

By Stephenie Meyer


[Edward to Bella:] "Sometimes I have a problem with my temper, Bella." He was whispering, too, and as he stared out the window, his eyes narrowed into slits. "But it wouldn't be helpful for me to turn around and hunt down those…" (8.84)

Edward hates the men who tried to harm Bella. He had heard their thoughts and was tempted to kill them. It takes a lot of will power not to let his rage run wild.

[Edward to Bella:] "So [Carlisle] grew very hungry, and eventually weak. He strayed as far as he could from the human populace, recognizing that his willpower was weakening, too. For months he wandered by night, seeking the loneliest places, loathing himself." (16.28)

Edward speaks of how much Carlisle hated himself after he had become a vampire. We know Edward has had similar feelings – he considers himself to be a "monster" and is horrified by his bloodlust.

[Edward:] "But as time went on, I began to see the monster in my eyes." (16.82)

Edward tells Bella about the period of time during which he rebelled against Carlisle and preyed on humans. But he came to see himself as a "monster" – he hated what he had become. Eventually he went back to the Cullen diet.

[Edward] put his hands carefully on both sides of my face. "I infuriate myself," he said gently. "The way I can't seem to keep from putting you in danger. My very existence puts you at risk. Sometimes I truly hate myself. I should be stronger. I should be able to." (17.244)

Edward hates himself for what he is, and for putting Bella at risk.

Edward turned on [Alice] in fury, his voice a blistering snarl. "There-is-no-other-option!" (18.90)

Edward hates the tracker for putting Bella at risk.

[James:] "I suppose you're going to tell me that your boyfriend will avenge you?" he asked, hopefully, it seemed to me.

[Bella:] "No, I don't think so. At least, I asked him not to." (22.101-102)

Knowing Edward and how much he hates anyone who threatens Bella, we're guessing that he'll be coming after James. Bella, however, doesn't seem to experience the same kind of intense, hateful emotions that Edward does.

[James to Bella:] "I'm sorry, but I just don't think he'll be able to resist hunting me after he watches this. I wouldn't want him to miss anything. It was all for him, of course. You're simply a human, who unfortunately was in the wrong time, and indisputably running with the wrong crowd, I might add." (22.116)

James hopes to inspire hate in Edward by videotaping Bella's death. Ultimately, he seems to want to lure Edward to him and kill Edward as well.