Renee Dwyer does not develop much as a character: she is a self-involved
character who loves her daughter but is also preoccupied with her marriage
to Phil Dwyer. This is the case at the start of the novel, and is gestured
towards at the end of the novel when Bella lets her leave the hospital
to take a call from Phil.
Charlie Swan starts out unsure of how to treat his role as an everyday
father to Bella, having only been there for her during brief vacations.
We get some hint of his development as an active father over the course
of the novel: he becomes increasingly aware of Bella's needs, as well
as growing more protective of his daughter. When she mentions she is dating
Edward, he is briefly protective; after she runs away to Phoenix and has
her "accident", he becomes even more protective. In this way,
we see him becoming more comfortable about his renewed role as a parent.
Billy Black does not develop as a character. His main role is to show
the tension between werewolves and vampires, more specifically between
the Quileute tribe he represents and the Cullen family that he does not
trust. He is a sympathetic character, as seen by the truck and the concern
he shows for both Charlie and Bella; however, like the Montagues and Capulets
of Romeo & Juliet, his partisan view of the world would not
permit a match between Bella and Edward, who seem too different to be
Like the rest of the Cullens besides Edward, Emmett Cullen stays in
the background until two-thirds into the novel. His opinion of Bella goes
through a clear change: he begins as one of those who wants her killed
after she places the Cullens in jeopardy, then accepts Bella's importance
to Edward despite not understanding his brother's non-predatory attraction
to a human. From there, he becomes the one who seeks to change Rosalie's
mind about Bella and even develops a surprising admiration for Bella when
she comes up with a plan to throw James off her trail.
Alice Cullen's character has a major development in her back story over
the course of the novel: Edward reveals that Alice has no memory of her
life before becoming a vampire. At the climax of the story James reveals
that he knew the vampire who changed Alice and that she had spent her
time in an institution before that. This information does not change her
personality, however: she is seen as an effervescent and friendly person
who takes an immediate liking to Bella when she is welcomed into the Cullen
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.
Cite this page:
Mescallado, Ray. "TheBestNotes on Twilight".
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