Chapter Twenty-One: Verdict

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Chapter Twenty-One: Verdict

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Many thanks to silly_bella for helping us with these questions!

1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?

2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?

3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?

4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?

5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?

6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
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1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?

Well I only see two times in the chapter where the meaning of what is being communicated between Edward and Alice is obscure. Once after Felix calls "dibs" on Bella. I think here Alice is just telling Edward that she sees a peaceful resolution to the end of this encounter if he can hold his temper.

The other time is when Edward is explaining Aro's powers for Bella and perhaps Alice's benefit as well. I think Alice is asking Edward if he allowed Aro to read his own thoughts, and Edward replies with a nod.

Other than that, the other times Edward and Alice communicate the meaning is rather obvious. Edward replies to Alice's frustration over not knowing what Marcus communicated to Aro when he first comes into the room and gives Aro his hand. Alice tries to communicate to Edward that Bella will not be hurt by Jane's powers, which he ignores out of concern for her.


2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?

Aro is very welcoming of his "guests" and extremely polite. He is the only one in the room with this attitude. The rest treat the Cullens and Bella with mild disgust, and in some cases disdain. Aro's polite exterior is merely a front I believe. I think there's someone terrifying hiding beneath the surface, but that he maintains a calm welcoming persona for reputation's sake. The spokesperson and leader if you will.


3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?

To be honest I would say Aro is the most frightening of the three. To me, his outward show is more unsettling then the direct hostility of the rest of the Volturi. It makes me wonder what he's really thinking on the inside. I know he's just putting on an act for reputation's sake. His welcoming and friendly demeanor feels all the more fake because of his over-enthusiasm. The way Bella describes him too, just adds to the general weirdness of his character.

At least the rest of the Volturi are clearly showing their feelings, or lack thereof. Aro's duplicity puts me more on my guard. He gives me goosebumps!


4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?

I suppose the difference here for me is that Edward doesn't see humans as his next meal, while Aro does. Aro accepts himself as a vampire in every respect. He sees nothing wrong with himself or his diet. In my opinion he is a creature who is comfortable with himself, and who craves power. He enjoys his status as "vampire royalty", and maintains his reputation with an iron fist.

Edward on the other hand sees himself as a monster. He values the aspects of humanity in himself more than any other attributes he possesses. Especially since meeting Bella, I'd wager he truly wishes to be a "good person" and not the monster he sees inside himself, the one who preys on humans. For him, being a vampire is unnatural and wrong. Feeding on humans, who are thinking, feeling creatures is abhorrent to him. Yes he did it for awhile, but he was doing it to rid the world of the least human members of humanity. Being able to read minds gave him the perfect opportunity to find these types of people. I'm not saying what he did was right or wrong, that's a whole other question.


5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of an angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?

I think that Aro is partially right. Edward looks up to Carlisle, as a role model. Of course he will remind Aro of Carlisle. Edward has always been more passionate and quick to anger than Carlisle however. On the subject of self-control, I feel that Carlisle has a stronger self-control than Edward. In his line of work he has people around him all the time who are losing blood. The scent of blood would be everywhere in the hospital with him. He has worked hard over the centuries to resist the temptation that human blood presents to him. Even Edward with his very rigid control of himself avoids situations where blood is present. An example would be in the first book, when they are blood typing in Biology class. Perhaps Edward would be able to control himself however, I don't think he really feels like putting that to the test.

Of course to argue the other side, we don't know that Carlisle has ever encountered any human that smells as delicious to him as Bella does to Edward. I think its easy for us as readers to forget the constant torment Edward goes through while he's with Bella, because as the story goes on Bella is so comfortable with Edward, she stops noticing his struggles. The indications are there however, Edward is always careful and knows where his limits are, keeping Bella at arms' length when necessary.

So yes Carlisle has better self-control in general, but Edward's self-control is the same as a heroin addict resisting their next fix. It's right there in his hand every day, almost constantly and, he turns away from the temptation every time.


6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works?

Bella is a reserved person in general. She is very protective of her thoughts and opinions. I don't think that's enough in itself, or else every shy person would be blocking Edward out. So why only Bella? I can only imagine that she has a gift of being able to use her inner strength to literally protect her mind from outside influence. She is subconciously protective of her mind. So much so that when her mind is relaxed, she betrays some of her thoughts by sleep talking. I believe that Bella's mind is her strongest gift. She's intelligent, perceptive and highly intuitive. It makes sense then, that she has the ability to protect this attribute of herself. Maybe that's why she's so clumsy, because her mental capabilities are so strong... ;)
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Re: Chapter Twenty-One: Verdict

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1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?

I imagined that they were going over certain courses of action. What more could it be than Alice relaying what she saw to Edward? It was their way of deciding what to do, really.

2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?

Well, he's all cheerful and excited and curious... when mostly the Volturi are dark and deadly enforcers. If Aro was the only one you knew, you'd not have a good idea of what the clan was about.

3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?

I personally think it is Aro. I do really like his character, but in the room with the three of them, I would fear him most for the unpredictability of his behavior.

4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?

Aro does not value human life (I'm not judging him; I probably don't value cow life as much as I could). So, the relationship with Bella is not has important to him as the experience he would have tasting her blood. Especialy when finding 'a singer' is so unusual. Edward (and the Cullens) have more respect of human life and so Edward values the relationship that is possible with Bella as more valuable.

5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?

I agree with Aro. Carlisle has never tasted human blood and never encounter 'a singer' and so it is a different thing for him to constantly resist. I'm not saying that he's not amazing, but that Edward's restraint means something more.

6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.

Her mind is a fortress. Powers that normally affect the mind do not affects hers. Thats super, if you ask me.
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1. I found it more of a little.. Strategic thinking, Alice Sees the plan of action.. Edward reads her thought, then Edward reads all of the others thoughts as of what they were thinking and going to do. Alice would probably also be thinking other things to keep Edward calm, to prove things about Bella being true and alive.

2. Aro is Very nice and cheerful, excited to Finally Meet Bella.. The Love of a Vampires Life; he seems very optimistic about this; and after analyzing Bella.. realizes that She will surely have amazing powers as a Vampire. Where soon after Alice relays the Answer he is looking for... Bella will be a Vampire. I find Aro to be.. different from what i expected, i thought all the Volturi would be Nasty and mean to Bella. Like Jane was.

3. Aro. He's very polite and Kind to Bella.. very.. peaceful even and thats how all Hunters are to they Prey.. He is trying to be as nice as possible; but he find out that bella and Edwards relationship is more than they expected. And at this point i find him treating Bella more like a Vampire; asking her to Join the Volturi... Alice provides him with more evidence.

4. First, I find that Edward doesn't find it to be a Waste on his half because he loves Bella. if he was to think of her as his next meal choice; they would not be so close. Aro on the other hand.. feels she is a waste to keep so close; And because her blood sings to Edward and Aro feels its a waste to ignore the singing. Edward and Aro are also different because Aro, is comfortable with his Lifestyle and food choices, he feels being a Royalty in this world gives him power. Edward on the other hand feels it is a burden. He finds himself repulsive.. a Monster. And even though he Did survive on Humans for a short time.. they were not Innocent People Edward became "the hunter of the hunters" killing murders and rapists. Feeling he could keep some form of human respect to himself; but he made it worse. but i also feel that it is not a waste to keep Bella alive.. They are in love, Eternally.

5. Aro is partially right, Edward is stronger.. in the sense he can resist Bella.. He can be intimately close to her (kisses and whatnot) at only being a vampire for 80 years. Carlisle has a stronger self control; dealing with people for such a long time and dealing with the injured and dieing. Edward with his very rigid control of himself avoids situations where blood is present. An example would be in the first book, when they are blood typing in Biology class. Perhaps Edward would be able to control himself however, I don't think he really feels like putting that to the test. Carlisle has a better self control; in the meaning he's been doing it longer - but like Jacob to the others in the pack when needed they can control it the best way they know how - Edward has His addiction in his hand Every day; while she sleeps she stays CLOSE to him and even though he keeps her at a safe distance and knows his limits.. i feel sometimes those limits can be changed.. like in Twilight when he has to drink Bella's blood. and eventually; Edwards self control will be better than anyone could imagine around Bella.

6. The Edward and Bella mind thing sometimes make me think of how strong their love really is; Edward can't read Bella's mind.. To me it means more than just a private mind; he needs to know her for who she is now what her mind says, All together.. putting them to be true loves- her mind is on the same page as his in a way you can't read your own mind... Bella has a very protective mind she knows her breaking points and she knows how much she can handle. i personally feel if she was to become a vampire this is what would go over with her.. her mind, and the possibility's of knowledge.. Bella grasps things very easily. to me, if Bella could have an "extra" power as a vampire it would be the way she grasps things- i can't honestly put it into direct words.. With Edwards power to read mind; and Bella's to protect hers... they will be very strong "partners" I can't really comment on how Bella and Edwards Partnership will work out to be strong.. Like Jasper being able to change emotions- and Alice's to see where people's lives are heading. Bella has a very unique mind. she has promise on that part.. even Aro thought so. I feel Bella will be very intelligent and beautiful as a Vampire.. Brains and Beauty.. Double threat.
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Re: Chapter Twenty-One: Verdict

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Thanks SB! :)

1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
First, I think Alice was probably telling him what's been happening with Bella since he left, as she heard from Charlie. Then, she's probably giving him silent advice in her head on how to handle the Volturi, and to not let his temper get the best of him.
2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
He's very...I don't know how to explain it. Like the impression you get when someone's trying to sell you something, and you just get a gut feeling it's a scam. His personality is charming and likeable, but like Bella, I couldn't help but feel Eerie around him. And his gift is just awful. That's the most complete invasion of privacy I can think of.

3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
I think it was Caius, since he seemed most unhappy about the idea of Bella being there. Marcus seemed uninterested, and Aro seemed civil and willing to compromise...though I have the feeling we will see the darker side of Aro in Breaking Dawn, and then I may change my position.

4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
The Cullens have simply chosen a different path than the Volturi. The Volturi cannot imagine sacrificing so much, when they have lived on human blood for so long. Aro could never see Bella or any human the way Edward does, because humans are animals to him. Even the Cullens struggle to see humans as equal to themselves, so it is understandable. The lifestyle they have chosen shows a lot about their individual character. The Cullens have chosen to go against their inner nature, the Volturi have decided not to. But then, most vampires choose to take the easy, most natural way. So I don't think it shows that Aro (or any non veggie vamp) have a weak character, more that Carslile has a particulary strong one, and has raised his family to have one as well.
5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, Carslile is the one who started the idea of not drinking human blood. He was the one who originally suffered so humans could live. If it were not for Carslile's teaching, Edward might have just caved in to his instincts as a newborn. On the other hand, Edward has dealt with self control on a level that Carslile has never dealt with (didn't Stephenie say that Esme and Emmett were the only two who had had the La Tua Cantante experience)? Maybe they're equal?

6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
It's just a gift she was either born with or has adapted from having to grow up fast and keeping to herself so much. And it is going to make an insanely good vampire super power, if you ask me. :)

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1. Edward and Alice:
I'll have to go back and re-read. I do remember having to guess at one of the conversations, most were pretty easy to understand.

2. Aro:
I don't think Aro was putting on a front. Everything he really is, Bella saw. I think he was truly delighted to meet Bella and Alice, characters in a story the really interested him-- the same as we would be thrilled to me Edward, Bella, or heck, Mrs. Cope (if she's real, then the rest of them must be, too, right?!) He has a superiority complex because he asks Edward for permission to read Bella's mind, not her (why talk to your food, right?). He is power-hungry, in that he sees the benefits Edward's and Alice's powers, and Bella's potential, could bring to his house.
Aro is only hiding one thing in my opinion, and Edward tells us that in Eclipse. Don't want to spoil it, though. Having read Eclipse, I now can see it in this chapter, though I'm sure I didn't the first time through.

3. Aro, Marcus and Caius:
Still contemplating this...

4. Opportunity cost:
The first question is answered by the second question. It is a matter of lifestyle differences. If you have the world's best chocolate cake, rich moist and creamy, why just carry it around with you and sniff it. Even go farther--you got to taste it just once and found it to be even more delicious than you ever imagined, and yet you still continue to just sniff it, fully knowing the pleasure consuming it would bring (at least in Aro's mind). To Aro, humans are just food--why not enjoy the best. To Edward, Bella is life itself. She is not just yummy cake anymore. She is intelligent, brave, devoted, loving, etc. Every thing that Edward's mind, and I believe soul (but that's another discussion!) craves. Edward's mind rules his actions, Aro's thirst rules his, first and foremost.

5. Carlisle vs Edward:
I agree with the angry part! Carlisle is much more even tempered. The self control part is harder. Carlisle has had centuries to come to the point where blood doesn't cause him discomfort. But, even as a newborn, he was able to resist. Edward was able to resist (assuming with help from Carlisle, however) at his rebirth, too. He made the conscious choice to rebel years later (7, was it?).
Carlisle did, however, give in to his loneliness and changed Edward and Esme. (Rosalie was not for him, but for Edward. Emmett was for Rosalie.) Edward is not giving in to Bella's bite-me option, even if it would be easier for their relationship, and allow Bella to be with him forever.
Edward questions Emmett and Jasper about "appealing" humans, but not Carlisle (that we know of) so we don't know if he has overcome that challenge. I imagine, working around so many humans, he has, but not to Edward/Bella level. Even Aro said he wouldn't have believed she could "sing" to Edward so strong, and he's been around for millenniums! Clearly this isn't common.
So I guess my answer is, having no first hand knowledge on these things myself, I can not decide who has more self-control. Perhaps it is like comparing 1,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,001 to the number 1. The second number is greater, but compared to the number 1 the both are equally impressive.


6. Private mind:
Her mind is hers and hers alone...she has total control over it. So much so that no one else can enter it. Edward worries that she should be going into shock after he rescues her...she doesn't. In her head, she knows she is safe with Edward, so no need for shock. Edward thinks she is going to run away screaming from him...the few times something does scare her, she is able to control that fear almost immediately. Uugh! I just remember something that wouldn't fit my reasoning. Why did she break down in the waiting room after meeting the Volturi???... hmmm...unless that was a purely physical reaction. Her body had finally had enough stress and gave in...she was (in her mind) surprised that the sounds she heard were coming from her. More thought needed here I guess...
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1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
I think it went somewhere along the lines of Edward trying to tell Alice to not say she would change Bella.
2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
Somehow, I quite like Aro! lol He's maybe a bit too friendly for my liking though...
3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
Caius, coz he just wants Bella dead really.
4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
Woah, that's a toughie. I don't know...
5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
No, but I'll say that I think Aro is right in some ways.
6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edward's, Aro's and Jane's abilities; Is because she has a 'private mind.' Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
Bella thinks over everything she says before she says it? I don't know....
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1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
I thought she was just telling him what was going to happen.

2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
I am not sure how to explain it. His personality was some what like able. Unlike the rest really they seemed to be dark.

3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
Aro because he can read every thought that went through your head..... and because i hardly remember Marcus, and Caius.

4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
The difference in opinion is that blood is not everything, and their life styles are both completely different. Cullens are happy to live among humans living as much of a normal life as they can and the Volturi want blood power, be ahead of the humans. Edward values human life more then Aro.

5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
I guess i agree with Aro. For Edward does have to resist with his "singer" constantly. But with Carlisle he has never had a "singer" that we know of. But yet again Carlisle he has many more years of experience then Edward....

6. Stephenie has told us that Bellas immunity to certain vampire powers; including Edwards, Aros and Janes abilities; Is because she has a private mind. Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
I have no idea how it works. She is just special.
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During this chapter,bella(and aro)notice silent and one-sided conversations between edward and alice.by analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters,can you surmise the content of these communications?i thought that alice was telling edward what aro was going to do.

Can you explain how aro's behavior is deceptive,based on what we know of the volturi?I thought that for the leader,aro was some-what pleasent,giving the circumstances.

Compare and contrast aro,marcus,and caius.which one is most frightening?why?i think aro is more frightening because he can see every thought that you've had.marcus,would be my next one.he's a tracker and that would scare the poop out of me.

aro considers edward not drinking bella's blood a waste.edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity.how do you explain this difference in opinion?how does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the volturi with that of the cullens?how does it contrast the individual character of edward and alice?edward doesn't see bella as ''food''.he sees her as a companion.that,to me,is the main difference in their lifestyle.they kill for the blood & the game of it,while the cullens kill for food.i think there's a big difference.i really don't think that alice and edward are much different,except for the fact that alice doesn't really care if bella stays human as much as edward does.

aro says that edward reminds him of an angrier carlisle.he also indicates that he believes edward has even more self-control than carlisle.edward disagrees.with which evaluation do you agree?can you find support in the text to defend your opinion?i agree with aro.In the begining,carlisle didn't have that much self control.he also tried to kill himself,which edward was much angrier when he asked the volturi to kill him.
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1. During this chapter, Bella (and Aro) notice silent and one-sided conversations between Edward and Alice. By analyzing the facts in the rest of the chapters, can you surmise the content of these communications?
I can think of two one-sided conversations. One I've hardly given any thought to. When Felix calls dibs on Bella, I assumed Alice was reminding Edward of the danger to Bella if they were to fight, or perhaps she saw the outcome in a vision and was cautioning him. I was fairly confident while reading this part that whatever it was being said, it was meant to calm Edward down. The incident after which Aro's talent has been revealed I've considered more. When Alice looks towards Edward and he then nods, I thought that she had asked something along the lines of "did he touch you?" It would make sense in the context, to want to know how much information the Volturi had.

2. Can you explain how Aro's behavior is deceptive, based on what we know of the Volturi?
We know the Volturi to be rutheless dictators who enforce the rules of the vampire world. It's a complete shock, then, to encounter a happy, amicable vampire like Aro rather than a stern, angry one like Caius. His demeanor lowers our guard, and temporarily we forget the major threat he poses to Bella. This is contrasted by the strict obedience we see from other vampires such as Felix and Jane. Aro is refered to as 'master', and his orders are followed immediately upon receiving them. This begs the questions: Why are the Volturi obeyed so readily. What have they done to win the loyalty of the guard? Or, conversely, what are the consequences of disobeying Aro? I think that knowing the reaction of the guards towards him causes us to question his character, and to question to what extent good and evil can reside in the same person.

3. Compare and contrast Aro, Marcus and Caius. Which one is most frightening? Why?
I've always thought of them as being very similar in personality, differing in what masks they use with others. I believe that Aro is loving of his power and insistent on obeying the rules, just as Caius is. However, Aro seems to be willing to consider breaking the rules if it can be of benefit to his family. I don't think we really consider the possible similarities of character between Aro and Caius on a first reading, because we are so taken aback by his pleasant facade. I don't doubt that Aro has a dark side. I've always felt that Aro and Caius are similar in nature, Caius merely being more inclined to show his darker side that Aro. As for Marcus, I'm not so sure about him. We know virtually nothing, other than that he has lost his mate and is an apathetic zombie. We never learn of his opinion in the matter of Bella. I find it difficult to compare him with either of his brothers.
Personally I find Aro to be the most frightening of the three, due to his friendly outward nature. I think the key to his power lies in the underestimation of his character, and that it would be very easy to be misled by him.


4. Aro considers Edward not drinking Bella's blood a waste. Edward sees it as a price for an unimaginable opportunity. How do you explain this difference in opinion? How does this contrast the lifestyle choices of the Volturi with that of the Cullens? How does it contrast the individual character of Edward and Aro?
I would assume the difference in opinion comes from their chosen diets. Aro is accustomed to viewing humans as food, and after 3000 years of holding that view I would suspect that he is unlikely to change. It makes sense to me that he would view Bella's attraction for Edward as a waste of a good meal. That's all he's ever thought of human blood - why would he change now? Edward, of course, has a history with Bella, and as a vampire has been raised to value human life, and so can appreciate her for more than her blood.

5. Aro says that Edward reminds, him of and angrier Carlisle. He also indicates that he believes Edward has even more self-control than Carlisle. Edward disagrees. With which evaluation do you agree? Can you find support in the text to defend your opinions?
I'm not certain I could effectively compare the control of Carlisle and Edward. I cannot imagine the control Carlisle must have needed to resist blood as a newborn, nor can I imagine what Edward must feel for Bella's blood. I've never been certain on which is more potent - a newborn's voracious appetite for blood, or the draw a vampire feels for his singer.
Although, I suppose I would point out that while Edward has been able to control himself due to his love for Bella, Carlisle initially seems to have had little reason to have rejected human blood. I've always felt that it's easier to make a sacrifice for someone you love rather than for your own conscience.

6. Stephenie has told us that Bella's immunity to certain vampire powers, including Edwards', Aro's and Jane's abilities, is because she has a a private mind. Explain what you think this means. How do you think it works.
I guess I just thought it meant that she is very introverted, and thus has always been inclined to keep her thoughts private. I suppose it could logically be assumed that her thoughts, having been protected for so long, would eventually have become immune to even vampire powers.
Moonlight
Turn your face to the moonlight
Let your memory lead you
Open up enter in
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is
Then a new life will begin

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