Theme: Great Acts of Love

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Theme: Great Acts of Love

Post by Cocoa »

This is a thread to discuss the theme of "great acts of Love" throughout the books.

Some examples given:

Emily's Forgiving of Sam
Bella's Run to Face James Alone
Bella in Volterra
Rosalie Carrying Emmett to Carlisle
ect...
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Assuming we're including everything from "Twilight" and not just from the "main characters..."

I'd say Peter saving Charlotte is a big one. (From Jasper's story about how he came to live with the Cullens. It's pg 299 in Ch. 13 of "Eclipse.")

Also the third wife sacrificing her life for Taha Aki's survival, along with possibly the rest of her people, because of the Cold Woman.
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Bella's Run to Face James Alone
was not an act of love but stupid thing to do. She should trust all of them more, but of course, thinkig of that now while Iam sitting on my safety sofa and being in that situation ...as I was never in that kind of situation a can not say what is actually rigt or wrong... but she should trust them more, anyway
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Bella attempting to save her mother from James was definitely an act of love! Granted, part of it was stupid because she walked herself right into a trap, but I don't think I could've acted differently in any other situation. I don't think she did not trust the Cullens' ability to help her save her mother, I think she wanted to do what would guarantee her mother's safety, and that was acting without the help of them.
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shammakins wrote:I'd say Peter saving Charlotte is a big one. (From Jasper's story about how he came to live with the Cullens. It's pg 299 in Ch. 13 of "Eclipse.")
I had forgotten about that! That was indeed a beautiful addition. I would love a deeper insite into that story line (an extra maybe) But yes indeed and excellent example.

And Yes, Bella sacrificing herself to James was an act of love. She was perfectly aware she was going to die. Stupid or not, its still an act of love.
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shammakins wrote:Bella attempting to save her mother from James was definitely an act of love! Granted, part of it was stupid because she walked herself right into a trap, but I don't think I could've acted differently in any other situation. I don't think she did not trust the Cullens' ability to help her save her mother, I think she wanted to do what would guarantee her mother's safety, and that was acting without the help of them.
OK, when you put it that way... I forget about her mom (because that was a setup and when i relized that I was just so mad...)
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So many acts of love in these novels...
Jacob befriending Bella and seeing her in so much pain over Edward and helping her heal
Bella worrying about Charlie being in the house if Laurent or Victoria came to kill her
Alice not allowing Jasper to come be with her in Volterra

There are acts small and large, simple and obvious. I will have to think about this more...maybe even reread the novels again..haha.
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Post by shammakins »

I like the one about Charlie. I hadn't thought of that one before.

You could also say that Edward's decision not to fight with his family was an act of love for Bella, because he was putting his family at risk by not helping them in battle (even though he ended up doing the right thing...he didn't realize Victoria would find them initially.)
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Post by cynb »

I really love thinking of love as a verb, something demanding action. There are so many in these books, but one that really struck me is when Edward leaves Bella. Now, I know this will cause some disagreement, but hear me out. If we define love as doing what is best for the other person, then Edward really did leave out of love. I think after her birthday party he really felt like he put her at risk, and so to choose best for her, He left. He was wrong, it wasn't best, but I think he made a very difficult decision.

Another one that really touches me is Jasper's love for Alice. Even though she can definately take care of herself, in the battle with the newborns, Jasper ends up with a lot of bites, because he was trying to intercept everyone headed for Alice. Also his lifestyle decision is a huge act of love for Alice.
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Post by Alice's_little_sis »

but one that really struck me is when Edward leaves Bella. Now, I know this will cause some disagreement, but hear me out. If we define love as doing what is best for the other person, then Edward really did leave out of love. I think after her birthday party he really felt like he put her at risk, and so to choose best for her, He left. He was wrong, it wasn't best, but I think he made a very difficult decision.
I totally agree with you cynb. It was completely out of love. If you read Stephenie's outakes on new moon it lt has a part about him being alone in a basement. Thinking about Bella's well being.

One that I think about is Bella crushing charlie's heart when she left to be in pheonix. She did out of love.
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