March 31, 2011
"Oh Edward, Edward, Wherefore Art Thou Edward"
An analysis of how New Moon is parallel to Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet's well know "star-crossed lovers" tale provides the basis of Stephenie
Meyer's The Twilight Saga New Moon. New moon follows the plot in which Edward Cullen, (a
vampire) is in love with Bella Swan, (a human); thus making this love under normal
circumstances, forbidden. This element as well as the conflict keeping Edward and Bella apart
along with similar character roles mimics Romeo and Juliet's tragic tale, but with a happier
Naturally, people want what they can not have. Romeo and Juliet's families have been fighting
with each other for ages, leading them to their impending doom before their relationship even
begins. Readers might assume that Edward and Bella's relationship is doomed. Edward being a
vampire thirsts for Bella's blood because it smells amazing to him. The only thing stopping him
from devouring her in an instant is his undying love for her. Is this love enough? Stephenie
Meyer writes on the very first page of her novel "This violent delights have violent ends, and in
their triumph die, like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume" (Romeo and Juliet, Act II,
Scene VI). This quote on the very first page of her novel implements a foreshadowing parallel to
Romeo and Juliet's prologue. New Moon starts off with Bella trying to avoid going to her own
eighteenth birthday party that Edward's family had arranged. "Oh be fair Bella! […]? "I thought
my birthday was about what I want" (pg 11) Bella complains. Juliet tries to get out of her party
that her parents want her to attend so she can get to know Paris (Act I sc 3). Bella uses the excuse
of her requirement to watch Romeo and Juliet for a class assignment to get out of celebrating her
birthday. During the movie Edward explains his views on Romeo's numerous mistakes (pg 17).
The beginning scene and chapter of Romeo and Juliet and New Moon have the same story line
serves as a direct parallel to Romeo and Juliet. New Moon's specific references to Romeo and
Juliet works as evidence that New Moon is influenced by Romeo and Juliet.
Bella unwillingly goes to Edward's house for her party and almost gets killed in the process by
Edward's blood thirsty brother because of a paper cut that Bella received from opening a present.
After this incident Edward decides it would be best if he and his family move away permanently
so he does not put Bella's life in any more danger (Love Vampires). In Romeo and Juliet,
Romeo is banished from Verona for killing Juliet's cousin. This example again continues to
show that the plots in both stories are similar because both of the lead male characters had to
leave their loved one.
" Edward is Bella's whole world and his abandonment is a harsh blow. Her whole world falls
apart and as she becomes withdrawn from the world she soon loses most of her friends becoming
more isolated and lonely" ( Love Vampires). During the time that Edward is away, Bella gets
closer to her friend Jacob Black and finds that he is the only person she can confide in (370-371).
He is half human, half werewolf. She secretly has feelings for him but does not acknowledge it
because those feelings could not compare to those that she has for Edward. On the other hand
Jacob loves her. Bella's father, Charlie has known Jacob Black since he was a young child and
prefers that Bella is in a relationship with him rather than Edward. This holds true for Capulet's
feelings toward Paris. Once Romeo is banished from Verona, Capulet tries harder to get Juliet to
marry Paris; Juliet resents the idea, just as Bella dislikes the idea that Charlie disapproves of
To get out of marrying Paris, Juliet devises a plan...