RunsWithWolves wrote:I'm not sure if this has been discussed yet or not...But how do you guys feel on the whole "my Jacob" and "Sam's Jacob"? Do you feel their really are two Jacob personas? Or do you disagree with Bella's assessment?
I feel Bella puts too much emphasis on this. Jacob hardened when he became a werewolf. The world wasn't the happy carefree place it once had been. There was a whole darkside that Jacob had been unwillingly thrust into..He learned to toughen up with it, and sometimes it was easier for him to act like the things happening didn't affect him (IMO)...Hence the emotionless face and the short hard remarks..Jacob's a 16 yr old boy and I think its difficult for him to express how he truly feels..Except when he is alone with Bella.
Hmmmm. Well, to me, it kind of goes back to the concept that he only has a few weeks to save Bella. It kind of goes back to the concept that he resented becoming a werewolf (at first). It goes back to the concept that he hates vampires.
I wouldn't say there are two different Jake's. I mean, there are, but... eeeek. How do I explain this?
"My Jacob" is the Jacob that is carefree and relaxed. And that's because he has no stress. He's just a normal teenager with a pretty good life. There's not a lot to be worried about. Then all the sudden, he's thrust into this mythical world. He turns into this giant hairy thing. He finds out that his best friend-- and the person he is in love with-- is in love with a vampire! He finds out that he's now obligated to be the "protector" of the tribe, even though he never asked for it. He's just thrust into this horrible situation-- and is landed with all these responsibilities-- when he doesn't ask for it. So I think some of his resentment comes from that-- the lack of choice. Jacob is a person who is not easily confined and restricted. He likes having a choice. So he's bitter because he feels restricted, in a way. He's bitter because he hates Edward for what he is, and even more because of what he did to Bella. He has so many other things to feel resentment about-- Bella being a terrible friend to him towards the end of New Moon (and in parts of Eclipse), Bella just leaving him and seemingly forgetting everything, Bella hanging out with the Cullens instead, feeling like he's not good enough, etc. And he has to worry about Bella, on top of that.
Soooo it's like. I definitely get why there is that resentment. And I think that the "dark side" we see of Jacob in Eclipse is some of that resentment coming through. Jake's way of channeling his anger is to lose his temper or to make painfully sarcastic comments. It's his way of dealing with it all; he doesn't often let his true feelings show through (unless he's alone with Bella). Which is totally understandable. Men tend to have issues with pride; how many guys do you know who show their emotions easily? Which is why he tries to put on that "mask", IMO. It doesn't help that he doesn't really have anyone to talk to, either. He's kind of fighting the battle alone. A lot of the wolves kind of have the attitude of, "Screw Bella, she ditched us for bloodsuckers". Billy isn't exactly helpful. Bella is an idiot and doesn't take the time to look at it from his view. All she cares about is having "her Jacob"-- she doesn't take the time to consider why
he is acting the way he is acting. She just flips out that he's not doing she she
wants him to do (she's so stupid). So that "darker" side to him is, IMO, his resentment and anger and frustration leaking through. It's not necessarily that there's a "bad, evil dark side" to him. It's not necessarily that there is "another Jacob". He acts differently, but that's because of the situation he's in. Underneath it all, he's still the same old Jacob.
Anyways. The point is yeah, he has his darker side. He's got his bad qualities. Buuuuuuuuuuut that's not because he literally has two personalities; it's because of the situation he's placed in. He goes from being a happy teenager to having an extremely stressful life. Most teens don't handle stress very well.
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[b]Team Jacob[/b]-- Because dogs are better than leeches. Because real men don't sparkle. Because Romeo is a pansy. Because Jake is HUMAN.