Novel: Breaking Dawn
Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: 08/02/2008 (USA)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Followed By: Midnight Sun
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in new Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed . . . forever?
Jacob has many roles in the fourth book. He’s there at first as an enemy, then as a friend — giving Bella the support she needs as her life is disrupted in the most interesting way, and lastly as a protector.
We see Jacob struggle the most throughout the saga. At this point, he has sunk so far into depression over the loss of Bella – not only as a lover, but as a friend – that he hasn’t been home in months. “Have You Seen This Boy” posters have been put up in every town along the Olympic Peninsula and yet everyone who was aware of the situation knew exactly where he was – trying to escape from his own despair and the reality that Bella chose to become a vampire over remaining human.
“He won’t talk, though we know he hears us. He’s trying not to think human, you know. Just going with his instincts.”
He does, however, return for the wedding only to get into an argument with Bella regarding the planned honeymoon “activities” which then separates them again. A few days after, Bella and Edward return from their honeymoon from what Jacob overhears is a sickness. Jacob, enraged, takes this as code for “new vampire” and tells Sam that they should confront the Cullens only to have his request denied. Jacob believed that a human’s life had been taken which meant that the treaty had been broken while in Sam’s mind, Bella had made the decision without the coercion of others and therefore made the treaty null and void.
Sam’s thought came slow, hesitant. Are you sure this is what you want? Is it really the right thing? We all know what she wanted.
The treaty doesn’t mention anything about victim preferences, Sam!
Is she really a victim? Would you label her that way?
Jacob declares war on the Cullens regardless and leaves only to confront a tired and worried looking Edward and a very pregnant Bella. Since this is not what Sam and the other members had anticipated, they immediately change their minds and decide to go ahead with the confrontation – war. Jacob, now no longer being ruled by his hot-headedness, breaks away from the pack to protect Bella and the Cullens. Here, in the story, is where Jacob transforms from enemy to supportive friend and protector – though he is quite bitter about it.
Although Jacob feels like his decision was the right one, his constant presence has placed him in a very awkward position. Now an Alpha to Leah and Seth, he is not only forcefully reminded that Bella chose Edward – this – over a life with him, but has to witness the unborn baby break Bella from the inside out. When Edward approaches him and asks that he try to talk Bella into having an abortion – even going so far as offering her as payment – Jacob is disturbed, a little satisfied, and yet resentful because though Bella won’t be with him, she won’t be without him either. Edward knows this as well which only frustrates the pair further.
What was with her? For crying you loud, she was married! Happily married, too — there was no question that she was in love with her vampire past the boundaries of sanity. And hugely pregnant, to top it off.
So why did she have to be do damn thrilled to see me? Like I’d made her whole freakin’ day by walking through the door.
If she would just not care . . . Or more than that — really not want me around. It would be so much easier to stay away.
Edward seemed to be in agreement with my thoughts — we were on the same wavelength so much lately it was crazy. He was frowning now, reading her face while she beamed at me.
Disgusted with watching Bella drink blood, with Rosalie thinking of – protecting - only the baby, and with the “leeches'” smell, Jacob prays to be released from his emotional hell and wishes to imprint. A wish that is eventually granted. And here is where Jacob as protector means just a little more than protecting his friend – now he is protecting his soulmate. This he does without hesitation, but when Bella entrusts him with Renesmee’s safety as the Volturi pay them a visit, Jacob’s role becomes much more than a “guard dog” – he becomes a member of the family.