Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Stephenie Meyer (1973- ). Twilight, Feminism in literature, Sex role in literature, Gender identity in literature
This thesis explores Bella's perceptions of femininity, virtue, and gender roles within Twilight, with a focus on the feminist stance that Bella takes as the narrator. Through a close reading, I explore traditional gender roles, the internalized maternal roles of wife and mother, and the externalized judgements that Bella expresses. Her relationships with those around her, and most importantly Edward, are judged by her internalized concepts of gender politics. Through the examination of previous literature and the close reading of the core text, I argue that Bella both embodies and rejects traditional femininity.
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Eichmiller, Jaid M., ""I'm Absolutely Ordinary": Bella and Her Perception of Gender within Twilight" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 955.