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Twilight: Domestic Violence
Transcript of Twilight: Domestic Violence
follows her at an inconspicuous distance everywhere she goes
sneaks into her bedroom window at night and watches her sleep.
stalking, in this light, is portrayed as romantic
he confesses a desire to drink her blood and an uncertainty that he can control himself around her
Jacob in Breaking Dawn
"Imprints" Renesmee- baby of Edward and Bella
the involuntary mechanism by which werewolves find soulmate
"It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like... gravity moves.... suddenly. It's not the earth holding you here anymore, she does.... You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that's a protector, or a lover, or a friend."
form of stalking?
ensures that the child will remain in his life forever Dominance
Edward often makes decisions for Bella
“memory tampering” in chapter 17 of Twilight
carefully constructed “rules” on what physical conduct is acceptable and unacceptable, rules-often come to Bella's disadvantage
Edward often creates conversations revolved around idea that Bella is an idiot for being with him, can't survive without him
comments early on in New Moon to the effect of “I am too plain and boring for Edward, I don’t deserve him.”
low self-esteem created
makes her feel inferior
Bella has no actual friends in series besides vampires/werewolves- discouraged throughout to stay away from humans
willing to isolate herself from her parents as well, if it would mean getting to spend eternity with her abuser. the practice of forcing another party to behave in an involuntary manner
Opening of Eclipse- Edward trying to coerce Bella to marry him
Responds with “That’s called coercion,”
propses when he knows she's not ready and refuses to hear excuses
love is precise basis on which sexual coercion takes place
The title "Eclipse"
means figurative loss of power or significance
Coercion to become a vampire
also based on sexual coercion
refusal of sex based on one being human, the other vampire
baby-essentially forces Bella to become vampire What forms of domestic violence are seen in the saga?
Degradation of women
Bella seen as powerless, must always rely on the help and protection of Edward to fully survive The new "Beauty and the Beast?
Edward represents the troubled soul who is waiting to be tamed
characteristics of Bella's relationship with Edward are templates for violence and abuse
Relationship is put on a pedstal
as such, coercion, abuse, stalking-seen as normal
emphasize forbidden desires, illicit sexual metaphors
supports sexism and the abuse of power in a relationship
Younger generations have wrong ideas about what love/relationships really mean
Values men as faster and stronger, women as submissive and obedient Synopsis:
Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie
Bella is seated next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her.
newfound relationship when he saves her from an on-coming car
Finds out he's a vampire
Fall in love with each other
troubled relationship between the two species
Bella and Edward choose to get married
Bella chooses to become a vampire
After honeymoon, Bella becomes pregnant with vampire child
Bella killed during child birth
turned into vampire just before death, immortal couple Works Cited Damage and destruction of property
Often violent temper tantrums result in violence
In book series, Edward becomes angry and pushes Bella down the stairs
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Rodriguez, Julie. "Stalking Is Sexy: A Review of Twilight." F Newsmagazine. N.p., 08 Jan. 2009. Web. 18 Apr. 2013.