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Why can't Edward read Bella's mind?

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leogirl8119 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2009 at 7:53 AM via web

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Why can't Edward read Bella's mind?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 9, "Theory", Edward explains this phenomenon: "maybe your mind doesn't work the same way the rest of theirs do. Like your thoughts are on the AM frequency and I'm only getting FM" (page 181). It is speculated that Bella's mind works differently from other people's and she doesn't send out the same brainwaves or whatever it is that Edward usually picks up on. Later on in the books, it becomes apparent that Bella has a gift of being able to shut others out of her mind and protect others as well. She is a shield of sorts whose mind is not touchable by those with certain powers (like vampires who can read minds or do various forms of mind control or state-of-mind altering). 

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rcd78 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 6, 2009 at 8:24 AM (Answer #2)

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Bella was born with the ability to not be affected by mind effects. She has like invisible shield protecting her mind unware to anyone. When she became a vampire she was able to actually feel it's presents and control to shield others.

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futuremrsedwardcullen | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted April 10, 2009 at 3:08 AM (Answer #3)

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it was her destiny i guess you would call it to become a vampire. when she finially get turned into one they find out that she is a sheild. they explain it in Breaking Dawn

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted July 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM (Answer #5)

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In my opinion it's because Bella was born with a potential to a power. When she was turned into a vampire Edward was still unable to read her mind, which he thought would be possible since they would be some what the same. However Bella has the capability to "shield" almost anything mentally except for physical attacks. At the end of Breaking Dawn Bella is able to move the shield from her mind and allow Edward to finally see her thoughts.

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dexter-rox | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted November 24, 2009 at 10:47 PM (Answer #4)

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because hes a vampire, not a freakin phycic

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