Fire References excluded from consideration:
- La Push Bonfires (First Beach - Twilight, Bonfire celebrating Cullens' departure - New Moon, Bonfire with legends - Eclipse)
While I enjoyed the read, I want to point on that there was no reason for you to exclude these fire references. If you noticed all these times, fire is used around werewolves. (Even on first beach, Sam is there with Jacob and one can assume that he's already a werewolf by that point in time). Therefore, its safe to assume that werewolves perhaps know that fire is dangerous for vampires. And being that two are immortal enemies, the werewolves choice to use fire to keep vampire away from gathering or people that could be in danger from them. Also the celebrating departure becomes even more symbolic , its not that they just aren't having a party, they celebrating victory with one the vampires greatest fear. It makes it even more triumphed in a sense and a sign to Cullen's not to return. I think that it is strange with all your detail analyze, you did not realize this possibility.
Well, I have to admit that this is a clever idea (fire being a werewolf weapon against vampires) and that it didn't occur to me. So let's think about it a bit.
First, the bonfires fall well within standard human, i.e. non-werewolf, uses for gathering and celebration. How many backyard get-togethers and family reunions at parks are centered around the barbeque/firepit, where people talk about family stories, personal tales and horsing around (both physical and verbal). Depending on the situation, some courting, some business, some friendly competition may take place. Maybe even some "scary" stories. It probably looked so normal, so human that I didn't read any special or extra werewolfishness into the scene. Perhaps because it wasn't there.
Note: As fans participating in a discussion group, we are always over analyzing everything
. We have to be careful that when the author calls a spade a spade that we don't read "racial slur" when she is talking about a shovel. If you think I'm not vulnerable to this charge ... well, I think my post illustrates the degree of MY
The second aspect is that I think that fire makes a very poor weapon for werewolves. As werewolves they can't carry open flame. Can you visualize them running through the forest carrying a burning brand in their mouths? It might be possible for a short distance, but, for moderate-to-long distances, can you say werewolf flambe?
Even in their human form, fire would be ineffective. Yes, in human form, members of the pack are hot, huge, strong, and very fast. Still, they are limited by their human bodies to the capabilities of those bodies. While they may be at the upper end of the bell curve, they are still on the human scale. Were I a vampire facing a werewolf (or werewolves) in human form, waving a burning brand at me, I would:
- Reach down, pick up my butt and reattach it, because I had obviously just laughed it off.
- Pick up a rock and throw it at the werewolf's head at about 600 miles an hour, from close range.
- I would then stamp out the torch that was lying next to the body.
Thirdly, there was no indication in the text that the werewolves had any knowledge fire as a weapon against "living" vampires. It is mentioned in none of the legends/teaching tales that we have heard. Yes, it is possible that this knowledge is had by the pack, but not yet revealed to Bella. But, currently, we
Are there scenarios where werewolves (or mere humans) could effectively use fire as a weapon against vampires? Probably. During a severe drought, the pack could surround the Cullen house one night (Alice couldn't see them - or members of her family after the "attack") and set the forest, ferns and all the trees ablaze. I still think that the Cullens would get out. It isn't like they were asleep and didn't wake up until the fire was well established, had them surrounded and was sweeping over them.
Part of it depends on how much effort it takes to ignite a living vampire. I mean if all you had to do was fl.ick-your-Bic, there would be no more vampires. (Natural selection at its finest.) On the other hand, if you had to hold the open flame against one spot of vampire flesh for as little as 2 seconds, I suspect that this would be plenty of time for the vampire to extinguish the flame as well as young Prometheus.
I was thinking more in terms of a very large Molotov co.cktail dropped on the vampire's head from a hiding place. (Instant engulfment - but if he/she heard it being released/falling they could out run the splash radius.) As far as the person who dropped the incendiary, irritable grizzlies probably won't cover it.
Actually, I was thinking more of a WWII or Korean war vintage flame thrower. Since it uses napalm, it is sticky. It covers a wide area and can be sprayed over an arc. Especially with two or more weapons, you can generate interlocking fields of fire and provide mutual support. Usually, my bet would still be on the vampire.
While you have had some excellent ideas, however I am unconvinced that the werewolf bonfires have meaning in the context of fire's role in Breaking Dawn. I believe that I was right in excluding those particular fire reference from my discussion.
" ... I sometimes think I'm not writing novels, I'm writing Rorschach tests."
David Gerrold, fantasy and science fiction novelist and screenwriter