We all know that Edward was 17 when he became a vampire.
1) Is Edward forever a teenage boy? Why or why not?
We also know that he has lived for over 100 years.
2) Does time and life experience make him a man? Why or why not?
IF you believe Edward is a man.
-- Do you think he was a man at 17 before he was changed?
-- Do you think that it is his time on earth that has made him a man?
1. yes he will be a teenage boy as a vampire that it...
2.yes because life go by fast....
Okay, thank you for answering.
Kia Ora JJ! *Waves*
1: At heart, I think Edward is a teenager. It was said NUMEROUS times, they are stuck at whatever development they achieved. I would say, Edward learned enough, and was mature enough, for his time period, which translated close enough to ours. So I would call him a mature teenager. With 90's teenager tendencies LOL
2: I think TIME does contribute somewhat to his maturity, even his experiences. However, again, we're told it's VERY hard to change a Vampire. Meeting their "Blood Singer" however, shows they can be altered in a tangible way. So yes, in a way, time and life does contribute to making Edward a man, but, I wouldn't say ALL OF IT.
3: NO. I believe Edward became a man AFTER 17. Bella I feel was responsible for evolving Edward into a man. Before I saw him as a mature teenager. Gosh, JJ, this one is a tough call :) Good to see you out and about :)
Hey DG, good to see you too!
1) Valid point about it being clear that they are stuck at the development that they were changed at (example immortal children). Also valid point that in the time period that Edward lived, a man or boy at the age of 17 was expected to be looking towards his future and developing skills that would make him a good husband and provider for his family. So I agree that there was much greater maturity to a 17 year old male then than there is now. (Not to say a 17 year old boy can not be mature now, I know several who are or were quite mature in our own culture).
2) It does make sense that time and experience would influence his maturity. I believe that the books demonstrate that Edward is able to learn from his mistakes and mature because of them.
3) So to clarify, since he became a man after 17, you believe it was Edward's time as a vampire and life experience that made him become a man? OR specifically Bella, and him meeting her, that made him into a man?
I believe it was due to Bella that Edward CHANGED so much. Since they met when he was 17, I reckon it was from then onwards that he began to "Man Up" in a noticeable way. I think Esme? said, that he had NEVER acted the way he did in all his 100+ Years, or, the years she has known him. I thikn it's a combination of all.
I second this.
Well said, Dantezgirl.
I appreciate that you took the time to chew on the question and come up with an educated response. I certainly understand that the time he spends on earth would continue to develop him as a person and he would mature into manhood. It would really stink if he had the hormonal and immaturity of a teenager for all of his existence.
I believe that as long as you can experience things then you never stop growing as a person. Edwards physical body may be frozen, but our knowledge that comes from experiences of life continue on. There for I think that Edward's mind is not the mind of a teenager but the mind of very wise man with out the side effect of being forgetful.
Thank you Trisha
To clarify it has been life experience (after him being changed) that has developed Edward into a man. That certainly makes sense.
If you use the theory that their emotional growth other than experience-based things is stunted at that age, then yes. His hormone-esque reactions, reaction ability and impulses would all be like that of a seventeen year old boy, which is not always the best thing. He's likely more immature than he likes to show himself as being.
In my favorite vampire series, Armand is 500 years old, but was 17 when turned. He knows much and has seen much now, but he still reacts as though seeing things through seventeenyear old glasses. He tends to think bad things are the end of the world, fears being hurt, overreacts, lashes out when scared, does crazy things to his lover (Daniel), and tends to assume himself a bit righteous. All teenage traits, which can be observed in Edward if you look.
Very interesting. I can certainly see moments of immaturity in Edward and possibly that is due to his stunted development being that of 17. So, is it accurate to say that you do not think Edward is a man?