Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Twilight: Predation and Temptation

Aggressive mimicry is a behavior found in nature when a predator disguises/enhances itself as something pleasant or desirable to its prey. For example, one female species of firefly learns the mating signal of another species of firefly and lures the males in with those fraudulent signals and then eats the poor saps.

This is comparable to what Satan uses to make things pleasing to our senses so that we are lured into his predatory traps of temptation. He makes us think we are getting what we ultimately want, and because we don't "cross ourselves in all things" we fall victims to his traps.

In the novel Twilight, Edward is the predator and is naturally made attractive to his prey, humans (particularly Bella). Bella gives into the temptation of choosing to stay close to him. She does this not being completely aware of the danger he posed to her at first, however there was no excuse once she found out what he was to not stay away from him. Whether or not this choice was for her good fortune or not is debatable. I realize that this is a love story and would not be interesting if Meyer didn't place Bella in such a perilous dilemma. I do think the moral repercussions should be more truthful (I haven't read the entire series, so this is my opinion only after reading the first book.)

On the other hand you have Edward who staunchly withstands the temptation to prey on Bella but does not remove himself from the situation. Instead he permits himself to come deathly close to her, knowing what he is and what his relationship to humans is.

Examining these ideas on a moral basis, neither are good examples to live by. I wonder if that theme will carry on throughout the other books. I will admit that I enjoyed the book. I did grow a little weary of Bella's obsession with Edward, but the last quarter of the book made up for it.

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