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Breaking Dawn Part 2

Some notes on the problem of nature

The young woman wants to see her newborn daughter; the father insists she should hunt first; it would seem a mother has to feed her young – then it turns out the man is worried the mother might threaten her young; we see the young couple out in the forest.

Nature, in her infinite variety, all powerful, but no danger, a beauty that would thrill the heart of any Romantic. Add to that the thrill of the speed, what youth could resist? It turns out nature is not so bloodless.

How could predators be lawful? Innocence, gone, justice replaces it: The vampire decides to kill predators, not their prey. Perhaps this choice is the beginning of the abandonment of nature. It next emerges that this is a way to avoid cannibalism. Perhaps nature is too cruel for humanity. Perhaps this is why humans aspire to immortality.

The question then becomes how people ought to live, if not by their instincts or habits. For what to live, for what to die. This raises a question about who should install order & who shall be punished for disobeying orders. It emerges that some few rule by their peculiar powers; it is not clear that they disagree about self-interest, but they are much better able to organize to secure it.

Obedience secured by fear is also a matter of self-interest. This would seem to follow from an awareness of the hardship nature forces men to endure. Infinite power is the only solution. Then men would no longer be forced to fight one another in their struggle to survive. The problem with such a rule, we see, is that is must destroy the family bonds that make human life possible. An attack on the survival of the species is necessary for removing man from nature. Immortality is not for the man, but for the city.

We see a form of prophecy we can call self-interest. Men who are enemies naturally might live without killing each other, were they to see the foolishness of risking their lives. They would prefer life to rule, were they to remember the dangers of war. Laws might persuade them to allow some to be punished, but never that punishment is just, so they would always fight for themselves. Law would be just the price paid for imposing order on chaos.

This is why the wolf first shows himself to the woman’s father & shows the vampires only later. The fear he creates makes the man reasonable. This is why the woman who sees the future shows the executioner his death – fear makes him reasonable, too.

What is the purpose of this story of vampires & werewolves? A half-immortal child.

The last of the vampire movies that excited a generation of kids:

Go Here to Read the Review of Twilight.
Go Here to Read the Review of Twilight: New Moon.
Go Here to Read the Review of Twilight: Eclipse.
Go Here to Read the Review of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part One.