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Eclipse


Some notes on family & anger

The werewolves are clannish. Indians most of the time, monstrous wolves on occasion. They mix with the humans freely & they seem to marry with them. Perhaps they are not as close to the original of the species as the vampires, but they are pretty close. It seems they would do well as warriors. They would both belong to – and stand aloof from – the city.

The werewolves show the great extent to which family & togetherness depend on cohabitation & sharing blood. They are willing to die & kill for each other. Their ability to read each other’s thoughts suggests they are the same, or look to the common good of the family. Their ability to love & sacrifice for something suggests they also conceive of their own good individually. It is a question how this contradiction is reconciled. Family comes with hierarchy, for one; for another, it strongly excludes non-members.

Spontaneous desire contests the claim of common blood. Spontaneity is a conception of nature that denies soul and promotes war always, for it rewards variety & thoughtlessness. But it also challenges conventions.

Man & wolf both need food & shelter. But men also need clothes; wolves have natural fur. Clothing fulfills the moral requirements of shame and modesty; also, it wards off the cold. This suggests men should not be animals, but the werewolves do not know why: whenever they turn into wolves, they destroy their clothes.

Werewolves live like animals in all ways except one: they uphold a law, originally a non-aggression pact. Perhaps law makes animals into human beings; but the most obvious part of law, punishment, reminds human animals that they are animals. This fundamental law is either obeyed or the werewolves return to their previous state of perpetual war.

The love the werewolf bears Bella shows he stands for the body. He does not reject immortality, he does not even understand it. For that reason, he is suspicious of the human desire to become immortal.

His great anger also means he does not fear death, ignoring utterly his own mortality. His agony suggests the body cannot deal with neediness. He treats love as a disease. Necessity kills the body. It is the source of fear. War seems to be required by our weaknesses. Because such war is rooted in human nature, happiness is impossible.

Rarely but regularly, the moon eclipses the sun. We only see that we do not see it anymore. Its absence recalls its presence. It is the source of the light which we need in order to see, even the source itself. Eclipses were once feared because people who learnt that all good things come from the eternal sun saw it disappear.

For fans of the series; more action, less restlessness & longing

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