Our Bella Ourselves Analysis

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In the reading, “Our Bella, Ourselves” written by Sarah Blackwood talks about “a strong heroine” and how different female characters in novels are portrayed. However, it’s clear that Stephine Meyers isn’t concerned with challenging or changing how we see gender in society or what it’s like to have certain genders. Unlike Sarah Blackwood, she questions the number of issues that feminists will have trouble addressing after reading the series. The main point of this piece is to be able to feel empathy for the main character (in this case Bella) so that you can relate to the core of the reading. Sarah Blackwood also wants the readers/ her students to be able to appreciate a piece that is written by a woman, for a women, about a young woman, because they might have something important to teach us about women’s lives.
In reading this piece I have found it to be interesting that the author included her personal experiences in here. For example, when she relates her birth with Bella’s birth. Sarah Blackwood stated that she felt like the narrative’s representation of pregnancy and birth was somehow very real excluding the part about the half-vampire half-human baby. It’s interesting to me, because I didn’t know that
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Stephine Meyers might have meant to portray Bella Swan as a realistic teenager or even as an unlikable/atypical heroine. The problem is that Bella is often self-obsessed, rude to others, whiny and helpless - which one could say is typical of some teenagers - but we don't see the consequences of this in her relationships with the others in her community. She treats everyone around her like she owns them or expects them to always be at her beckon hand. I think that Stephen Meyers didn’t mean to make Bella seems like a helpless teenager instead she wanted to make her an empowered teen that young fans could look up
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