Why does Edward lie and leave Bella in New Moon?

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mshargaden | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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In New Moon, Edward lies and leaves Bella because after the incidents at her eighteenth birthday party, he realizes that, even after toiling so long to protect her, she isn't safe from anyone, including him and his family.  He lies to her when he leaves in the hope that she will think that he doesn't love her anymore and, hopefully, she will move on to healthier relationships that don't have such a risk of hurting her.  He also hopes that by lying to her and making her think that he doesn't want her anymore, she won't attempt to follow him as she would if he left without lying, furthering his intentions to keep her safe from harm that might be inflicted upon her by him and the other Cullens.

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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After the accident the night before, at Bella's birthday party, Edward decides he must break up with Bella for her own good.  The Cullens had hosted a little birthday gathering for Bella at their home, and Bella sustained a papercut when opening one of her packages.  Jasper, who has more difficulty resisting human blood than the other Cullens, is overtaken and leaps for Bella, who is then shoved into a table by Edward while he leaps between her and Jasper.  She is then cut extensively by glass that shatters when she is thrown into the wall, and must be stitched up by Carlyle.  Edward decides that the risk is too great and tells Bella the next day that he is leaving. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Because Jasper almost got crazy when he smelled her blood and he wanted Bella to live normally. He pretended he didn't like her anymore so she could live her life normally. However, Bella over reacted and acted as if Edward was the only thing in her life and she is useless without him so she just wallowed in pity until people found her. 

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

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Edward already thought that he was poison to Bella because of what he was and just his existence put her in danger which bothered him. What triggered his state of mind to leave her was a birthday party that the Cullen's were having for Bella and she suddenly got a paper cut. This paper cut caused so much fiasco . Jasper was nearly out of control while everyone stood there trying to control themselves. The only person who were in there right mind was Edward which ended up pushing Bella into glass causing more blood to spew and make Jasper go crazy. At that moment Edward realized that his family was probably the worst place for Bella to be and the best way for her to be safe was to leave her which he was obliviously wrong.

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Since edward is a vampire he lied to bella to keep his secret a secert. 

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masterjerk | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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After the accident the night before, at Bella's birthday party, Edward decides he must break up with Bella for her own good.  The Cullens had hosted a little birthday gathering for Bella at their home, and Bella sustained a papercut when opening one of her packages.  Jasper, who has more difficulty resisting human blood than the other Cullens, is overtaken and leaps for Bella, who is then shoved into a table by Edward while he leaps between her and Jasper.  She is then cut extensively by glass that shatters when she is thrown into the wall, and must be stitched up by Carlyle.  Edward decides that the risk is too great and tells Bella the next day that he is leaving. 

 

 

 

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laurenalexandra17 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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In guessing by your question that you have read the book but if not he's a brief of what happens on her birthday: bella is given her present, one by one by alice. she manages to open emmett's but the one she is given from Carlisle and Esme is quite small and as she is opening it she gets a papercut on her finger. Jasper, who had a very dfferent start to his vampire life than the others, is not as easily restrained from the temptation of human blood. As the smell of bella's blood spreads around the room it gets too much for jasper and he lepas for bella. Edward pushes bella back into a table full of glass and it all cuts into her, but he also pushes jasper back into the piano and the other cullens try to restrain him.

  Edward decides that it's too dangerous and wasn't safe at all for bella to be around his amily anymmore and decides he has to leave her. He lies because he knows that if he didn't bella wouldn't have let him go. But he thinks that if he can convince her that he doesn't love her anymore then she will move on and not love him. It doesn't work out of course, and very nearly killed them both xx

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Edward leaves Bella in New Moon because he feels that she doesn't belong in his world. He feels guilty for endangering her life, and nearly stripping her of her humanity. Bella was injured and almost killed during her 18th birthday celebration because she have herself a papercut while trying to open a gift from Carlisle and Esme. Being in a house full of Vampires, Jasper, the newest and the least practiced member of the Cullen family tried to attack her. Unthinkingly, Edward shoved Bella out of the way, accidently pushing her too viciously into the glass table to stop Jasper. When Bella crashed through the table, the glass shattered and deeply wounded Bella's arm, causing more and more blood to gush out. By this point, every single Vampire in the room had to leave the room because of temptation. Edward tried to stay with her but Carlisle and Bella knew that it caused him great pain to be near her while she bled so violently. Carlisle and Bella told Edward to go outside and talk to Jasper so he wouldn't suffer. Carlisle cleaned and stitched Bella's wounds and sent her home to her father. Over the next few weeks, Edward was acting very distant and he was always distracted. Bella tried to give him his space but it turned out being a bad idea. Edward walked her up the short path and told her that he and his family was leaving Forks and that he didn't want her to come with them. He tried to completely pull her out of his world so she could live a normal human life like she should. He though it was best for her but when he left, he took everything she had with him. Bella was completely detatched from her body and extremly numb, Edward was miserable too. It was wrong for him to leave her like that but he honestly thought that he was doing the right thing. Hope this answered you question. Sorry about the length.

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because his ''adopted'' brother jasper tried to take a snap at her and he wanted her to have a normal human life and he thought he was endangering her so he pretended he didnt love her nomore so that she could just get on with her life

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meeee | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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he lies and leaves her because he loves her too much and doesn't want anything else to happen to her like it did on her birthday

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