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Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 8

I think I should probably hold my tongue for Chapter 8. I don’t think I’ll be able to though. What do you all think about his remarks? Port Angeles is a pretty important scene for Bella and Edward.

But at a discourse level, I’m not sure I like the implication that a woman can’t walk down the street without getting stalked by these kinds of people. Meyer presents this as something Bella has worried about before, but apparently not enough to remember to bring her pepper spray, which Bella has not unpacked yet.

Maybe this is a gender difference showing here. Women are taught to be wary, especially when walking by themselves. I can’t tell you how many talks and seminars we had about this on my all-girls floor in the dorms Freshman year. The bigger the city, the more wary you should be. Bella is from a pretty big city. It would have been drilled into her head. The seemingly slow, country feel of Forks seems to have lulled her into a false sense of security and she has an error in judgement in Port Angeles.

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May 8, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 7

Our Feminist Male College Graduate, Benjamin Wheeler, is back with his next installment of Twilight. Next up is Chapter 7: Nightmare. I don’t think it’s going well. What do you think? I almost think he’s reading it because he has to, and I almost want to tell him he can stop reading any time he wants…or can he? Admit it, Benjamin, you’re becoming a little bit obsessed with dumb Edward.

As always, check out what he has to say first, and then come back for my commentary.

The dream is interesting, though. Bella can hear Mike ahead of her, urging her on. And who are they all running from? Edward? Why is Jacob suddenly protective of Bella?

When I first read it, I imagined that Jacob was telling Bella to run from Edward. Interpreting the dream further, Mike was furthest away, being only a voice. That seemed in keeping with my thoughts that Bella didn’t relate well to your average human. I chalked that up to her somewhat unusual childhood, but as she was the one who made her childhood unusual by being so responsible and self-reliant, I thought maybe it meant there was something more to Bella than met the eye. She was closest to Jacob in the dream but had eyes only for Edward. Also Jacob was trying to pull Bella into the darkness, while Edward was approaching her from the light. I thought on some level she must be trying to choose between them and, being that I love Edward, I chose to see that Bella saw that Edward was the right choice. It remains to be seen, for you, if I was right.

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May 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Eclipse Part II

It’s Next Time, and as promised we’ll be discussing, “Why did Bella choose Death with Edward over Life with Jacob, exactly?” Death is not a natural thing for a human to choose, so why did she choose it? As Jordan pointed out in the earlier post, Bella would not see it this way. I agree, Bella would not consider life without Edward much of a life at all. For the purposes of this topic, I’m take the literal meanings or Life and Death. Edward does represent Death for Bella as choosing him would mean her heart would stop. Choosing Jacob means her heart continues to beat.

First, we have to remember this is not just fiction, but fantasy fiction, so what holds true in real life doesn’t necessarily apply. This being fantasy also means that we can attribute an awful lot to, “It’s magic.” What Jacob said about him being better for Bella than Edward is might be true…if this were real life. Edward is a drug to her, as Jacob suggests (and drugs are bad, mmmkay?). It is an obsessive love, and therefore not entirely healthy. But that’s only if you don’t look at it from a magical perspective (which you should only do with works of fiction, kids. I’m in no way condoning putting on blinders in real life). When you look at Bella and Edward from a magical, Meant To Be, perspective it all become a little clearer as to why they had to be together.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment