Makes sense. Good point!be.still.my.heart6 wrote:...To me: Edward was tortured with the concept of leaving Bella, whom he had bound his 'soul' to, and wanted to stay with forever. But he knew that the moment he jepordized her life (like with Jasper) everything that he had worked for, everything that he loved her for would end. She would cease to be, and in that sense, he would as well. This really shows when in New Moon, he goes to Volterra to die. And as Alice said, he hadn't been planning on outliving her by long. Edward wanted Bella, but he knew that because she was human, fragile and delicate, he couldn't have her.
He was noble, and just. There was a perfectly good reason for his leaving, even if his plan didn't turn out the way he expected it to. Just as well, now they can by happy.
mveritym wrote:...it kind of reminds me of a parent giving their child up for adoption (weird analogy, but bear with me here). If somebody who is utterly convinced that they can't take care of their child puts it up for adoption, do we praise or degrade that person? No matter how much the child might hate it, don't we applaud the parent's desicion to be so self-sacrificing and responsible and give their child a chance at a better life? The problem was, when we read New Moon, we were that child. We read from Bella's perspective. And to be honest, Bella does not really ever realize how much danger she is in. So from Edward's perspective, he's doing the right thing, because he's giving Bella the chance for a better life than being with him...
Great analogy! I really like this input. It makes me wonder, though, how much of the bulk in this debate stems from us actually being the ones that are hurt. Now, I don't want to sound rude, so please excuse me if I do. But in eclipse, Bella completely forgives Edward. All is made well, and she trusts him once again that he won't leave. If, from Bella's, point of view, Edward is completely forgiven, why is he not from ours? If we agree with Bella's point of view that broke our hearts when he left, should we not agree with Bella's choice to forgive him? This would be true unless we, ourselves, were hurt.
Ugh...I don't even know if this makes any sense at all, but there you have it...a question up for grabs for anyone who understands the point I am trying to convey.