Lying: Bella frequently lies about her feelings and emotions. She lies to Charlie about nearly every element of her life in Forks, both through blatant dishonesty and careful omission. Sometimes this is to keep him from worrying. Other times, it’s so she can do what she wants without regulations or repercussions. She admits to Edward that she lies all the time. He says she’s such a bad liar that it doesn’t really count. No one believes her anyway.
Respect for Parents: Besides her many lies to her dad, Bella threatens to tell her mom something Charlie said about her (Renée). She also responds patronizingly to Charlie’s warnings and concerns about everything from motorcycle riding to her choice of boyfriends.
Obsession : Bella calls Edward her personal miracle. She continually says she doesn’t deserve him. She says his touch brings a sense of physical pain relief. When she’s not with him, she becomes depressed and has horrible nightmares. She tells him she wants him more than food or water or oxygen and that she can’t be happy without him. Another time, she says she has to have him; it’s the only way she can live. She has no concern, as Edward does, that becoming a vampire might mean damning her soul to hell. She is too desperate to be with him to care. She wants Edward himself to turn her into a vampire so it will be his venom poisoning her system. That way, she feels she will belong to him in a tangible, quantifiable way.
When Edward and Bella visit Bella’s mom, Renée expresses concern about the intensity of their relationship. She notes the way Bella adjusts her position when she’s near Edward, moving around him like a satellite. Edward’s seemingly overprotective gazes at Bella also concern her.
Bella loves both Jacob and Edward. She feels selfish and hideous for not having the strength to cut off her relationship with Jacob even though she loves Edward most. Bella decides to make it her mission in life to never again hurt Edward. Then she begs Jacob to kiss her because she’s afraid he will purposely get himself killed in battle. She says Jacob would be her soul mate in the rational world, if something stronger than the rational world (Edward) didn’t exist.
Marriage: Bella doesn’t care what happens to her soul if she becomes a vampire. She does care what people might think if she gets married too young. Renée had always said smart people took marriage seriously, going to college and having careers before getting too involved in romance. Renée regrets having been the small-town girl who married too soon. Bella tells Edward she’s not “that girl,” a hick who gets knocked up and married right out of high school. She says smart, responsible people in this century don’t do that. She tells Edward that in her mind, marriage and eternity are not mutually exclusive or mutually inclusive concepts. Edward’s desire to marry comes from his “old fashioned” beliefs, since he was human early in the century.
Treatment of women: Bella is often a pawn in the war between Edward and Jacob. Edward is controlling, sometimes even physically. He forbids Bella to go certain places, for her own protection. Jacob grabs her and kisses her angrily and violently several times, shoving, gripping and crushing her. During one argument, Edward tells Jacob that Bella is his, and both young men say they will not promise to fight fair for her affections. Still, she loves both of them and can’t bear to be without either. Both Edward and Jacob believe they are acting in the interest of love and protection. When Rosalie was human, she was abused by her fiancé and his friends and left for dead.
Drugs/alcohol: The smell of Bella’s blood is, to Edward, like fine wine to an alcoholic. Edward jokes about pilots on Bella’s plane being passed out drunk. Jacob says he feels a little stoned from the pain medicine Dr. Cullen gave him. Edward notes that Jacob is like a drug to Bella.
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