Plot Summary of the Movie "Breaking Dawn"

by Goody Clairenstein

The "Breaking Dawn" two-part theatrical release will complete the "Twilight" movie series. Images

"Breaking Dawn" is a two-part romantic-fantasy movie starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. The two-part movie release will be the third and final installment of the "Twilight" movie series based on the novel trilogy by Stephenie Meyer. Part I was scheduled for cinematic release Nov. 18, 2011, and Part 2 for Nov. 16, 2012.

Summit Entertainment Official Synopsis

The production studio's official synopsis of the two-part movie was released Nov. 4, 2010. Plot details are left intentionally vague. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) marries vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and the couple begins enjoying their married life together. They honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro, where they consummate their marriage, and Bella soon finds out she is pregnant. The birth of their daughter, Renesmee, nearly kills Bella, and Edward finally agrees to grant her wish for immortality, attained by becoming a vampire. Renesmee's arrival also pits Bella, Edward, and their allies against the Volturi, the vampire council that has conspired against them since the beginning, and the stage is set for a final battle.

The Cullens' Honeymoon and Bella's Pregnancy

Further plot details are furnished by the book series by Stephenie Meyer. Bella and Edward honeymoon off the coast of Brazil, and Bella becomes pregnant with a half-human, half-vampire child. Bella and Edward return to Washington state once her pregnancy has been confirmed. Her pregnancy progresses at a rate much faster than is normal, causing Edward to fear for her life and to urge her to have an abortion. Bella refuses, as she feels an unusual connection with her baby.

Spoiler: Reaction of Quileute Wolf Pack

The Quileute Wolf Pack, to which Jacob Black belongs, is suspicious of Bella's pregnancy and the group decides that the unborn child must be destroyed, killing Bella in the process. Because of his feelings for Bella, Jacob refuses to take part in this plan and forms his own pack with Seth and Leah Clearwater. Jacob is present for the birth of Renesmee. The birth is very dangerous for Bella; it breaks several bones and causes her to hemorrhage. Jacob immediately identifies his soulmate in Renesmee, ending the long-running romantic triangle among Bella, Edward, and Jacob. During Renesmee's difficult birth, Edward injects venom into Bella's heart, turning her into a vampire and thereby making her immortal.

Spoiler: Final Battle Between Cullen Allies and Volturi

The end of the "Breaking Dawn" movie sees the final showdown between the vampire council and the Cullens. Irina, the third vampire in the Denali coven, misidentified Renesmee as an "immortal child": a human child who has been turned into a vampire. The Volturi forbids the creation of immortal children, and the council plans to eliminate Renesmee, along with her parents, based on this misinformation. The Cullens gather their allies, who agree to testify to the Volturi that Renesmee is half-human, half-vampire -- not an immortal child. Upon their final meeting with the vampire council, the truth is made known, and the Volturi execute Irina for her error, though they remain uncertain as to whether Renesmee threatens the secrecy of vampires' existence. Alice and Jasper appear with a 150-year-old half-vampire, half-human called Nahuel, and together they demonstrate that Renesmee does not pose such a threat. The Volturi depart, leaving Edward, Bella, and Renesmee to return home.

About the Author

Goody Clairenstein has been a writer since 2004. She has sat on the editorial board of several non-academic journals and writes about creative writing, editing and languages. She has worked in professional publishing and news reporting in print and broadcast journalism. Her poems have appeared in "Small Craft Warnings." Clairenstein earned her Bachelor of Arts in European languages from Skidmore College.

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