Edward Cullen

Edward Cullen

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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… in Chicago, at the beginning of the twentieth century. The child of a successful lawyer, Edward had a comfortable life, attending private school and playing the piano. But then the Spanish Flu epidemic wiped out his family and almost him, too. Luckily, Edward's doctor was a vampire, who saved the seventeen-year-old's life by turning him into one too.

Living… in a beautiful home in Forks, Washington, with the rest of his adopted family. The doctor who saved him, Carlisle, has gathered a group of fellow “vegetarian” vampires who drink animal blood rather than human. They pose as a family, with Carlisle working as a doctor and the younger vampires attending school.

Profession… high school student – for the last few decades. Because of his youthful apparance, Edward has attended high school over and over. Now, he aces classes without even trying.

Interests… playing the piano, literature and learning foreign languages.

Relationship Status… trying to remain single. Edward is drawn to human student Bella Swan, but is afraid he might give in to his vampiric instincts. He can’t seem to stay away, and secretly, his family wants him to find someone special. Even more attractive than Bella's blood is the fact that while normally Edward can read the thoughts of everyone around him, Bella’s mind is impenetrable.

Challenge… trying not to hurt Bella. He already tries hard enough to resist the lure of drinking blood, and he doesn’t want to draw her into the dangerous supernatural world, especially since she's so accident-prone. As he tells her, “Don’t be offended, but you seem to be one of those people who just attract accidents like a magnet. So… try not to fall into the ocean or get run over or anything, all right?”

Personality… old-fashioned, stubborn, caring. Edward still adheres to the turn of the (twentieth) century conventions he was brought up with, and is by turns romantic and controlling. He has a tendency to brood, convinced that he lost his soul when he became a vampire. But he isn’t all serious, and enjoys fast cars and sarcastic banter as much as he does classical music.


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