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TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER: BOOK SUMMARY / CHAPTER NOTES
Like Alice, Carlisle Cullen's back story shows how he developed in the
past but does not indicate any changes during the course of the actual
events in the novel. Along with Bella, readers learn that he was born
in seventeenth century London and changed into a vampire because he continued
his intolerant father's crusades against such perceived evils as Roman
Catholics, vampires, and witches. He hated becoming a vampire but believed
he could remain a moral, compassionate being - in part, by refusing to
prey on humans. His history from there emphasizes the conviction of those
beliefs, but also the loneliness he felt by going against his vampiric
urges - enough so that he began turning others into like-minded vampires
in what would eventually become the present-day Cullen family.
Rosalie Hale is developed as a character only in that her dislike of
Bella is made clear. Beyond that, she is kept to the sideline of the story
since she does not want to interact with Bella and Bella is the novel's
Like the other Cullen children, Jasper Hale starts off as a beautiful
cipher in the story, kept at a remove from all humans. Edward reveals
that Jasper is able to influence people's emotions, and this comes into
play when Bella finally meets him formally: Edward first keeps him at
a remove from Bella because of his relative newness as a vampire; however,
he uses his ability to keep Bella calm when they escape to Phoenix. He
comes across as a sympathetic character, and one who also takes a liking
to the human in their midst.
Esme Cullen is developed in only one dimension: as the maternal figure
in the Cullen family, the mother for the adoptees and the love of Carlisle.
She reveals that, as a human, she had a baby who died within days of being
born, which adds a layer of tragedy to history. And she is welcoming of
Bella, as what she wants most is the happiness of Edward.
Laurent appears in the last third of the novel but does have one major
plot twist and a change of heart. That is, he initially presents himself
as the leader of his vampire pack as a ruse established by James. When
it's made clear that James will have to be dealt with by the Cullens and
most likely killed, he chooses to leave his pack and travel to Denali.
James does not develop as a character, except in revelations that expose
exactly how clever and manipulative he can be. First he has Laurent pose
as a leader; then he throws Carlisle and Emmett and Edward off his path;
he tricks Bella to come to him with a ruse involving her mother; and he
prepares to videotape her death so that Edward would continue to chase
him. However, all this cleverness and trickery does him no good, as he
dies at the hands of Jasper and Emmett.
Victoria appears late in the story with Laurent, but remains a background
figure throughout the rest of the novel. She becomes a more central character
in the Twilight saga in later volumes.
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