Study Guide

Twilight The Supernatural

By Stephenie Meyer

The Supernatural

[Bella:] "Well...I assumed it was some kind of…occasion. But I didn't think it would be some trite human thing...prom!" I scoffed. […]

[Bella:] "Okay," I confessed in a rush. "So I was hoping that you might have changed your mind…that you were going to change me, after all." […]

A dozen emotions played across his face. Some I recognized: anger…pain…and then he seemed to collect himself and his expression became amused.

[Edward:] "You thought that would be a black tie occasion, did you?" he teased, touching the lapel of his tuxedo jacket. (Epilogue.175, 178, 180-181)

Bella is disappointed she is at the prom. She thought Edward was going to transform her into a vampire. Rather than go to a human celebration, she was hoping for a supernatural experience.

[Jacob to Bella:] "Well, there are lots of legends, some of them claiming to date back to the Flood – supposedly, the ancient Quileutes tied their canoes to the tops of the tallest tress on the mountain to survive like Noah and the ark." He smiled to show me how little stock he put in the histories. "Another legend claims that we descended from wolves – and that the wolves are our brothers still." (6.109)

Jacob tells Bella about some Quileute myths and stories. If vampires can exist, maybe werewolves do too?

[Jacob to Bella:] "You see, the cold ones are the natural enemies of the wolf– well, not the wolf, really, but the wolves that turn into men, like our ancestors. You would call them werewolves." (6.113)

According to Quileute legend, Jacob's ancestors were werewolves and the enemy of vampires like the Cullens. This mention, combined with Bella's later dream that Jacob turns into a wolf, makes us wonder – do werewolves exist in the world of Twilight?

[Jacob to Bella:] "So, you see," Jacob continued, "the cold ones are traditionally our enemies. But this pack that came to our territory during my great-grandfather's time was different. They didn't hunt the way others of their kind did – they weren't supposed to be dangerous to the tribe. So my great-grandfather made a truce with them. If they would promise to stay off our lands, we wouldn't expose them to the pale-faces." (6.118)

This Quileute legend of a peace treaty between werewolves and vampires has been passed down through the generations. Jacob believes it's just a scary story. He doesn't seem to have any clue that supernatural beings truly do exist in Forks.

[Jacob to Bella:] "No." He paused dramatically. "These are the same ones." (6.124)

Bella learns the Cullen family didn't descend from the vampires that formed a treaty with the Quileutes generations ago – supposedly they are the same vampires. Jacob clearly thinks this is just a scary, superstitious story, but Bella is taking it a bit more seriously.

My subconscious had dredged up exactly the images I'd been trying so desperately to avoid. I was going to have to face them now. (7.22)

Bella is going to have to face what her subconscious has already told her about Edward.

It seemed that most vampire myths centered around beautiful women as demons and children as victims; they also seemed like constructs created to explain away the high mortality rates for young children, and to give men an excuse for infidelity. (7.35)

From her research, Bella develops her own sort of philosophy on vampires... Most of the information she comes across doesn't seem to ring true.

Only three entries really caught my attention: the Romanian Varacolaci, a powerful undead being who could appear as a beautiful, pale-skinned human, the Slovak Nelapsi, a creature so strong and fast it could massacre an entire village in the single hour after midnight. (7.36)

Bella pieces together information on vampires, looking for qualities that they might share with the Cullens. Edward is beautiful, pale-skinned, fast, and powerful, so these descriptions seem to fit him well.

Something outside the possibility of rational justification was taking place in front of my incredulous eyes. (7.53)

Sometimes life isn't rational and Bella opens herself up to all possibilities, no matter how horrifying. She's not sure what's real and what's superstition anymore.

[Bella:] "Okay, then." I glared at him, and continue slowly. "Let's say, hypothetically of course, that…someone…could know what people are thinking, read minds, you know – with a few exceptions." (8.190)

Bella tries to pull the truth out of Edward by walking through each step she knows is true. She seems to be convinced that he has supernatural abilities. Do you think Bella acts in a realistic way upon finding out that Edward has these unique skills?

[Edward to Bella:] "Most of the time I tune it all out – it can be very distracting. And then it's easier to seem normal." (9.14)

Even though Edward is supernatural, he'd prefer to be normal. Or at least seem normal on the surface.

[Bella to Edward:] "About vampires." (9.54)

Bella tells Edward she thinks he is a vampire, but the word itself is hard for her to say.

[Bella:] "Don't laugh – but how can you come out during the daytime?"

[Edward] laughed anyway. "Myth."

"Burned by the sun?"

"Myth."

"Sleeping in coffins?"

"Myth." (9.92-97)

Bella learns that even though vampires exist, that doesn't mean all superstitions are actually true... Edward has fun debunking myths about vampires.

[Edward to Bella:] His voice was bleak. "Don't you want to know if I drink blood?" (9.105)

Edward asks Bella if she wants to know some of the more...upsetting things that he does, not just the fun supernatural skills. He's trying to scare Bella by being honest with her.

[Bella to Edward:] "And you'll show me what you meant, about the sun?" (10.204)

Edward has indicated that weird things happen to him in the sun, and Bella is excited to witness it herself. Contrary to typical vampire mythology, Meyer's vampires are not harmed by the sun, rather their skin sparkles like diamonds in sunlight.

Could [Billy] really believe the impossible legends his son had scoffed at? […] The answer was clear in Billy's eyes. Yes, yes, he could. (11.165, 166)

Billy truly believes the Quileute stories about vampires and werewolves, which is why he's so concerned about the Cullens. Billy, however, is careful not to break the treaty that his ancestors made with the Cullens – he never tells Bella outright that they are vampires.

[Jacob to Bella:] "Superstitious old man," Jacob muttered under his breath. (12.38)

Jacob is embarrassed because he believes his father is simply superstitious. Little does he know that the Cullens actually are "cold ones."

I looked away, my eyes wandering back to his family, embarrassed and dissatisfied. His words made me feel like a science experiment. (12.113)

Bella feels unnatural when she's surrounded by a supernatural family.

[Edward to Bella:] "You only have to risk your life every second you spend with me, that's surely not much. You only have to turn your back on nature, on humanity...what's that worth?" (14.202)

Edward explains what it would be like for Bella to be with someone who is supernatural. She needs to understand what she's giving up to be with him – how it will affect her 24/7.

[Bella to Edward:] "Are you sure you won't vanish in the morning?" I wanted this to be certain. "You are mythical, after all." (14.262)

Bella considers Edward a mythical creature. She has a hard time believing that he's actually real.

[Edward to Bella:] "He actually discovered a coven of true vampires that lived hidden in the sewers of the city, only coming out by night to hunt. In those days, when monsters were not just myths and legends, that was the way many lived." (15.242)

Edward tells Bella about how Carlisle hunted for vampires during his human life. Since the 1600s when he was a human, people have come to think of vampires as mythological creatures, rather than actual beings.

[Bella to Alice:] "Tell me then…how do you become a vampire?" (20.69)

In Phoenix, Bella wants to know how one transforms from a natural to a supernatural being.