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Fortunately, her spouse had a change of heart when the child in Bella’s womb communicated telepathically with her husband. Yet, Bella had no access to the mind of her child and must contend to use her husband as a conduit. The female child must go through the father in order to reach the mother. Symbolism symbolism symbolism.
In the end, after all the hoopla, male posing, power struggles, and lengthy contest of masculinity, Bella gave birth to her daughter, Renesmee. Bella died a human death but she was resurrected as a youthful, beautiful undead vampire mother. Unfortunately, before her daughter could become a complete woman and make her own path, she was involuntarily “imprinted” by a rival male, the alpha wolf; thus she was then destined to be under the protection of a man whether she chooses it or not. Two rivaling patriarchal families were then finally united under Bella’s blood and womb.
The big question is “where is Bella in this entire struggle?” The answer is nowhere. Bella does not factor at all. She is not a whole person but the site of struggle between two opposing masculine ideas, between two symbolic phalluses. Bella is probably literature’s [and film’s] most regressive female protagonist. Despite all the choices that she made, she always ended up in worlds that would never be her own. She was just moving from one cage to another. Now that she is a vampire mother, the old patriarchs want something from her, her daughter Renesmee. The reason maybe is Renesmee is the symbolic new woman, the result of Bella’s one and only authentic choice in the story. Therefore, Renesmee is a threat and must be destroyed.
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Bottom-line, the Twilight Saga has never offered Bella a world of her own. She is not a person but a piece of property to be owned, protected and romantically loved. We have to keep in mind though that romance does not necessary mean true love based on true equality. Sometimes, the best way to camouflage inequality and women subjugation is through old fashioned romance being peddled to prepubescent girls. Shame on us for letting our daughters and sisters watch this crap.
My only hope is Stephenie Meyer continue the saga with Renesmee rejecting Jacob’s protection and making a life of her own. She would form her own clan of powerful immortals consisting women, men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and so on. They would work to enlighten the old vampires and wolves all over the world. Perhaps then, Bella’s death [literal and figurative] will not be in vain.