A Synopsis of "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer

by Petra Turnbull

"Breaking Dawn" is the final book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" saga.

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"Breaking Dawn" is the fourth and final installment in the "Twilight" saga by U.S. author Stephenie Meyer. The saga is a love story between vampire Edward Cullen and his girlfriend Bella Swan, who is not a vampire at the beginning of the book. "Breaking Dawn" has been made into a movie. The story can be summarized in four parts.

The Wedding

After much strife and controversy described in the first three books, Bella and Edward marry. The happy couple leave for their honeymoon and make love for the first time. One night, when Edward is hunting for the blood of animals, Bella eats something and feels ill. Blaming it on the food, she throws it away and does not think more about it. However, the sickness returns, followed by nightmares, and Bella realizes that she might be pregnant. To her astonishment, she already is showing a growing belly in these early days. Edward calls his family and the couple return home.

The Birth

The second part of the book is told from the perspective of Jacob, Bella's werewolf friend. When Jacob hears that Bella is ill, he goes to see her. He finds Bella in the last stages of pregnancy. The unborn baby is harming her. When Jacob reports back to the other werewolves, they decide to kill the baby, who has supernatural powers, and take down the Cullen family in the process. Jacob warns the vampires of the plan and guards the house. Bella's condition worsens as the baby breaks her bones from the inside. Edward performs an operation and removes the child, who is named Renesmee. To save Bella's life, Edward turns her into a vampire. Jacob, who believes that Bella has died, turns on the baby to take revenge, but bonds with her instead.

Vampire Life

Bella is now a vampire, but conforms with the Cullen family's rule of not feeding on humans. Renesmee grows with enormous speed, and ages by weeks every day. She can communicate by projecting pictures into someone's mind when she touches that person's face. The wolf pack settles down and takes Jacob as leader. One day, when Bella, Jacob and Renesmee are hunting, they are seen by another vampire who believes Renesmee to be an immortal child, a human child turned into a vampire at an early age. As they can not be controlled by either themselves or others, immortal children are regarded as too dangerous by the vampire community and must be killed. The vampire reports her finding to the powerful Voltari clan, who see themselves as guardians of vampire society, while Bella, Jacob and Renesmee return home to discuss measures with the Cullen clan.

Final Showdown

Upon the arrival of the Volturi, the Cullens are supported by other vampires, and the werewolves. They manage to convince the Volturi that Bella was still human when Renesmee was conceived and that Renesmee therefore can not be an immortal child. The Volturi are still unsure what to do with Renesmee, who is a half-caste vampire, when two members of the Cullen clan arrive, accompanied by another half-human, half-vampire. As he and his two half-caste sisters have never been dangerous, the Volturi abandon their thoughts of killing Renesmee. The Volturi leave, and everybody else celebrates while Bella and Edward confirm their undying love for each other.


About the Author

Based in the U.K., Petra Turnbull has been working as a journalist since 1989. Her articles on the film and book trades have been published in "Screen International," "Dagens Naringsliv," "Film Magasinet" and other Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. She now manages her own book shop. Turnbull holds degrees in law and economics from Goethe University, Germany and Oslo Business School in Norway.

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