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Discuss to what extent the Twilight saga is an example of the Beauty and the Beast myth.

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mmms1981 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM via web

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Discuss to what extent the Twilight saga is an example of the Beauty and the Beast myth.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM (Answer #1)

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This is an interesting way to look at things. Twilight does fit the pattern of the Beauty and the Beast myth in a sense. If you think about it, Edward, for all his good looks, is still a vampire. In other words, he is a monster by nature. To be sure, he tries his best to not drink human blood, but what he is is not in question.

With this stated, Bella still loves him. This makes Bella the Belle (French) figure in the Beauty and the Beast myth. The names are even similar and her name even means beautiful in Latin as well as the languages that are derived from Latin. In addition, Bella is able to see through the external of Edward and she is able to see his inner beauty, which is the embodiment of the Beauty and the Beast mythology. In fact, this theme can be seen in various ways in the saga, if we include the werewolf, Jacob.

 

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