Bella's Blood?Okay... so this sounds dumb but if Bella's blood was so tempting how does Edward manage to suck the venom out of it and why couldn't Carlisle do it?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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I felt that this idea (Edward being able to suck venom out of Bella's blood) to be something of a paradox.  In my opinion, the author means it to be perplexing, causing the reader to ponder how a love can be so strong to resist such primal urges.  This thoughtfulness on our part causes us to dwell on the strength of the love between Bella and Edward even further:  one of the goals of the novel.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Edward has to prove to himself that he can maintain control with Bella no matter what. If he is unable to save her life now by controlling his instincts, then the best thing for both of them is to never see each other again. Besides, Carlisle is busy trying to patch her up.

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jlcannad | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I think the answer is found in the author's religion.  Mormons beleive very strongly in "agency"--the concept that the world is full of evil and a person has the right and ability to choose evil at any point.  It is personal choice and agency that makes a person decide to do good in the face of all that temptation. Here, Bella's blood is the ultimate symbol of the temptations of the world.  Edward wants it... he craves it and one moment of weakness will have him draining her.  However, if he can choose to do the right thing, he will be even more rewarded at the end.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Edward has deep feelings for Bella, his ability to resist her blood stems from the fact that, first of all, he doesn't drink human blood and because he loves her and would never consider drinking her blood.  He reveres her, she is not a food source.

Carlisle did not suck the venom out because as a doctor, he was working on stopping the bleeding from her head wound.  

Carlisle was trying to stabilize her as a doctor, so he would not be able to suck out the venom that is why Edward had to do it becore it was too late.     

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Carlislie was in the mist of stopping the bleeding from Bella's head and working to keep her alive. In order for Bella to not turn into a vampire the poisoned venom would have to be sucked from her. Nobody would be able to suck the venom from Bella except for Edward since his love for Bella is stronger than enjoying the Banquet as he would say.

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scarc91989 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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I like #3's response. But I'd also like to add that Edward truly loves Bella and he wanted to save her life. And Carlisle, knew Edward could drain the venom without hurting her. He wanted to show Edward that he would never hurt Bella.

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tokiohotel | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Mdnight Sun is on the internet on her website i think.....like the first 13 chapters are on it...or 12 i dunno but so far i like it

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berna | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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But in midnight sun edward mentions that he has two graduate degrees in medicine (during bio class) so couldn’t he just take Carlisle’s place and made the tourniquet and Carlisle could just sucked the venom out and saved her life easily since he had much more will on humans blood (and her blood didnt bother especially him like Edward).

I know that was the climax of the book and its much more exciting the way it is,but I still think it’s a little logically deficient for me..

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studyholic | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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wow, i like that answer. I think it makes sence, and its different than from what ive heard.

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