Eclipse Stills and Jacob Black

31 Mar

Of course I had to post these latest Eclipse stills that I came across last night on one of the Twi-blogs I follow. Seeing these gives me hope that the movie isn’t going to suck, not that I expect it to suck, but I really don’t like the state of confusion that Breaking Dawn is currently in. Like, how can I possibly enjoy Eclipse when I don’t know if there even will be the fourth installment to my beloved Twilight Saga? Okay, maybe I’m bitching a lot little bit.

Anyway, moving along to the photos!

Here we have the Cullen clan sans Edward; Alice, Rosalie, Esme, Jasper, and Carlisle. I’m guessing that this is from when the Cullens are on the prowl for the newborn vampire army, Edward isn’t there because Bella’s whiny self requests that he stay back, which we know he will do anything she asks of him. Personally, I love their undying devoted bond, because its something that is so rarely found these days and we certainly could use a lot more love in the world.

Next up we have a shot of Bella and Jacob sitting around a camp fire on the Quileute reservation. I really enjoyed this part of the book because we got to learn so much more about the history and legends of the tribe, which definitely helps you understand the way the wolf pack works and the structure of the tribe itself. I hope they include everything the story told during this scene in the book.

What’s more, Jacob and Bella seem so connected during this scene (in the book) that I think it only intensifies her love for him and the choice she will have to make between Jacob and Edward. I think she truly enjoyed learning all about Jacob’s world and she had to, without a doubt, take into consideration what life would be like with Jacob.

The one thing that sent up a red flag to me was that Jacob’s world is generally one that isn’t very…ummm, appealing, whereas Edward’s world is full of ostentatious things, therefore I can see why a girl would choose the flashier of the two. Though I don’t see Bella being the shallow type by any means, it’s still something to consider. Yeah, she’s a tom boy but she does soften up as the story goes on, especially once she’s a vampire.

The last still I have is of Jacob, Bella, and Edward and it looks as though Jacob is giving them some information that shocks them or causes a turning point in the story. I don’t remember when this would be in the book right off hand, but I love the rivalry between Edward and Jacob so this could be any given time.

Something I always thought after reading the saga for the first time is how much a cock-block Jacob was. We get the chance to hear things from his perspective in Breaking Dawn, but I still left with this feeling like, ‘okay Jake, be a man and shut the fuck up already, because she loves him and she loves you, only she fell for him first, and you really sound like a bitchy housewife’.

But after re-reading the saga I had to take a step backward and think about what it would truly be like for Jacob, feeling second best to a sparkly vampire, and being used in a sense (during New Moon), and then tossed aside once it comes down to making a choice (end of New Moon).

During the beginning of Eclipse we learn that Bella desires to see her best friend, Jacob, and attempts to convince Edward that Jake and his pack would never cause any harm to her. Edward caves in against his better judgment,  Bella then starts hanging out with Jacob. As the story unfolds Jacob attempts to woo Bella to be with him instead of Edward and goes as far as telling Eward that maybe he is better for her, which he obviously does because he is not against Bella becoming a vampire but also because he, too, loves her.

Eventually Jacob learns of Edward & Bella’s engagement and threatens to get himself killed during the battle with the newborn vampires because he doesn’t believe that Bella loves him. In attempt to stop this, Bella kisses Jacob and realizes that she loves Jacob too, which causes her a lot of confusion and heartache, ultimately resulting that she definitely loves Edward more. Personally, I can’t possibly imagine loving two people in that sort of way at the same time. Maybe it’s because I’m one-man-kinda-girl and my loyalty always lay with him, but then again I can also see how torn Bella would feel.

But how on earth can Jacob possibly feel? I’ve always thought that he knew deep down inside that she wasn’t going to choose him which made the reality of the situation that much harder on him. Consider for a moment, how the knowledge of being not chosen by the person you love with all of your heart and soul because they’re in deeper love with someone else? This is something people can identify with, which is why I think people favor Jacob over Edward. Jacob isn’t perfect by any means of the world and most women on the planet would agree that Edward is the ideal man. But then again there are the people who don’t find Edward’s attributes to be appealing to their preferences, therefore believing that Jacob is their version of the ideal man.

For Jacob, understanding that there are other fish in the sea is a difficult concept and he is selfishly focused on having Bella all to himself. Once Bella tells Jacob that she is going to marry Edward, a reluctant Jacob then decides to no longer interfere in their relationship anymore. Then he receives an invitation to the wedding with a letter from Edward inside, thanking him for everything and says that he understands if Jacob does not wish to attend the wedding. After the information sunk into him, he runs away in wolf form to escape the pain he feels.

A bazillion people all over the place can definitely identify what it’s like to run away from the truth, from the pain caused by the truth. Erich Fromm, a social psychologist wrote a book called Escape From Freedom, which theorizes his humanistic view of freedom:

Fromm believed that freedom was an aspect of human nature that we either embrace or escape. He observed that embracing our freedom of will was healthy, whereas escaping freedom through the use of escape mechanisms was the root of psychological conflicts. Three main escape mechanisms that Fromm outlined are automaton conformity, authoritarianism, and destructiveness. Automaton conformity is changing one’s ideal self to what is perceived as the preferred type of personality of society, losing one’s true self. The use of automaton conformity displaces the burden of choice from the self to society. Authoritarianism is allowing oneself to be controlled by another. This removes the freedom of choice almost entirely by submitting that freedom to someone else. Lastly, destructiveness is any process which attempts to eliminate others or the world as a whole to escape freedom.

Jacob Black doesn’t exactly conform in order to escape freedom, but he does choose to remove himself from society (for a period) which shifts the burden of his pain to everyone he’s left behind. During this period of time he’s able to utilize his wolf form and everything comes along with it by not having to face the reality that his human force has been faced with.

Thing is, Jacob is not the only person (albeit fictional) who has done this type of thing before. Drug addicts and alcoholics are amongst the largest population of people whom we can understand that choose to escape the freedom of their life by putting harmful substances into their body, which allows the body and mind to feel a temporary escape. Maybe this whole idea isn’t completely relative but it’s safe to say that what Jacob does is just like what other people do, only his escape is through his wolf form and leaving the area; and this is part of what makes him appealing.

While talking to Bella, Jacob refers to Edward as an Eclipse, after Bella refers to him as her ‘personal sun’. In the end, an eclipse will always overpower the rays of the sun. Which makes Jacob simply a passing cloud in the sky in comparison.

What’s your opinion? Team Edward or Team Jacob?

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