corona wrote: Also, I would totally agree with you that Edward would those exact terms to describe him leaving; being able to leave was strength but not being able to stay away was weakness. The context is confusing, however, because the wording seems to be SM describing the conflict as an author rather than from her character's distorted point of view.
And that is my issue with the whole discussion. Yes, that is exactly how Edward sees it, sees himself and his struggle to be with Bella. But, to me, the greatest champion of a literary character, the one who should be able to cut down through all of the obscuring factors and defend them most ardently, is the author. And, to me, it just really felt like SM left him hanging, as it were. To me, it read like she was saying he is weak, and he should have been stronger and that just felt so beyond wrong I wanted to cry.