Edward cullen is -not- protective. His real intention has -nothing- to do with Protecting Bella. He might -APPEAL- to being protective of her but his real fear is not that she will get hurt but that she will leave him and find someone better.
His statements about how he’s a monster are not him urging her or spurring her to find someone better it’s him appealing to her mothering instinct to tell her he’s “lost without her”
He’s desperate and scared, not protective.
you can see it all over the passages, communicated as plain as day.
he has to intimidate her into being afraid of leaving him.
Why Edward Cullen Is A Spouse Abuser (And Why You Should Care!)
Statement of Intent: If you read to the end, you’ll notice that I do not advocate against reading Twilight, just putting it into context for young readers. This was originally written for a Facebook audience of friends until I decided to post it here as well. It was not intended to offend Twilight fans or readers, but to simply give a little perspective on why I believe Edward Cullen is a poor character to respect/admire. Should there be enough popular demand, I’m willing to write a similar article about Bella Swan.
Note: The ones in bold are ones that are displayed by Edward Cullen in the book or film. Thanks to Jody for the research.
1) Uncontrolled temper. “Sometimes I Have a problem with my temper, Bella.” (Twilight, Edward, page 164).
“I mean, you know better than to be jealous, right?”
3) Intense fear of abandonment. (Note that though this is not one of Edward’s character traits, it is a telling trait of Bella, who one could argue in a seprate note is emotionally manipulative, but we’re not focusing on Bella here.)
“I infuriate myself,” he said gently. “The way I can’t seem to keep from putting you in danger. My very existence puts you at risk. Sometimes I truly hate myself. I should be stronger, I should be able to –”
7) Rush in to relationships. “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.” (Twilight, page 195. The next day, they become a couple. If teenage Bella is confessing “unconditional and irrevocable love” for a vampire she’s known three months, who she KNOWS wants to eat her, she’s definitely enabling.)
We were near the parking lot now. I veered left, toward my truck. Something caught my jacket, yanking me back.
10) Have unrealistic expectations or demands.
His eyes tightened. “How badly are you hurt, Bella? The truth – don’t try to downplay it.”
14) Threats of Violence
He lowered the automatic window and leaned toward me across the seat. “Get in, Bella.”
15) Have poor communication skills. (At least, this was the impression I got from the movie.)
If you have never read Twilight, and/or have listened to me rant about why Edward and Bella’s relationship is a very bad example of “true love” for young girls, I hope this sheds a little light onto the situation, or at least on why I hold that opinion. The funny thing is, a character like this in teen literature wouldn’t bother me so much, if the teen literature wasn’t so popular. The fact that so many girls are idolizing Edward Cullen, and wishing that they were the simpering Bella Swan, disturbs me enough to compile this list.
I am against book banning of any kind. Indeed, I’ll go so far as to say that I’m glad that kids are reading, even if they are reading Twilight. But I urge parents, teachers, and anyone with common sense, to explain to their kids that Edward is not the type of man you want to get involved with, and why.
Following this conversation, and when the kids are finished reading Twilight, show your young girls some good ol’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or encourage them to read books like Levine’s “Ella Enchanted,” Burnett’s “The Secret Garden” or “A Little Princess,” or even Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy,” to show them real role models.