Jacob is a shape-shifter, not a werewolf. What's it mean? And what does Bella do when she find out that Jacob is in love with her?In the Twilight book IV (Breaking Dawn) we see that he says: he is...

Jacob is a shape-shifter, not a werewolf. What's it mean? And what does Bella do when she find out that Jacob is in love with her?

In the Twilight book IV (Breaking Dawn) we see that he says: he is a shape-shifter...

Expert Answers
slchanmo1885 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shape-shifters can change at will, and werewolves are just slightly different, having to change at the full moon. When Bella finds out that Jacob loves her, she has conflicting feelings. She is still madly in love with Edward, but it looks like Edward has left and will not return. Throughout the whole book of "Eclipse" Bella is trying to decide if she should give in to Jacob and pursue a relationship that would be good, but not better than her one with Edward. Something inside her tells her that Edward is the only one for her, but she sees the devotion in Jacob and has a flash of what their life could be like together. If she decided to be with Jacob, she could live a more human life, have a family, and she knows that Jacob would love her. However she also knows that she'll always love Edward, and that would be unfair to Jacob. Obviously, Bella does not end up with Jacob, but these are the conflicting emotions that run through her mind when Jacob falls in love with her.

zumba96 | Student

Werewolves usually change no matter what during a full moon but Jacob can control when he wants to shift into a werewolf. They do not have to wait until a full moon they can easily accomplish this themselves.

udonbutterfly | Student

In Breaking Dawn we were presented with what wolves were considered by the Voltaire and what a shape shifter is. By the Voltaire's standard a werewolf is one that changes unwillingly during the time of a full moon. They also are changed just like vampires with a bite--they are never born. However the Quileute's are born with the ability to shift into a wolf at any moments notice. They are not confined to the phases of the moon.

Read the study guide:
Twilight

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question