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Breaking Dawn Cover

To take a little bitty break from the transcriptions I've been slowly but surely putting up while your backs were turned, I decided to consult my third-favorite book I own (probably my favorite to read... I'm such a nerd!) about what it says about the BD cover... Stephenie said on the tour for The Host that she not only supports this cover, but DESIGNED it herself. So, I think it must be pretty darn important.
And, because I'm a know-it-all, I'm pretty sure what it means, at least partly. That's not what I'm writing, though. Here's what my beautiful symbol dictionary says about the pertinent subjects. (highlights, because it's 1176 pages long and fairly verbose)

Chess

  • It is clearly linked as a symbol of war and applied to warrior - strategy.
  • "What takes place is a battle between white pieces and black pieces, light and darkness... and the stakes in the game, as always, were mastery of the world."
  • The name in some cultures literally means "intelligence of the wood."
  • It always has to do with intelligence, but not always with a moral world.
White
  • It can stand for either end of the spectrum - all-encompassing, or all-void.
  • Therefore, it is sometimes symbolic of a beginning and sometimes of an end of day or a lifetime.
  • It is the color of candidacy because prospective politicians in Rome wore white. (This sounds stupid unless you've ever joined a sorority or something like that - pledges often wear white in ceremonies)
  • It represents passage.
  • Because it is for extremes, that includes east and west... the white of the west, the end of day, "absorbs the individual and inducts him or her into the cold, female lunar world." The white of the east welcomes a new dawn, "rich with the potential manifestation from which microcosm and macrocosm (mlwl: literally, small and large worlds, your own life and the world as a whole) have been recharged as electric batteries." When connected with dawn it is not with the colors, but with that first light, that void between the two "gods" of the sky; sun and moon.
  • "A nothingness filled with childish happiness."
  • "The silence is not something lifeless, but replete with life-potential."
  • "Glaring white is the opposite of red... The white is the colour of vampires which thirst for the blood upon which the daytime world depends and which they lack. This white is the colour of shrouds, of apparitions and spectres and the colour of Oberon, the Elf-King."
  • And purity, of course.
Red
  • "The colour of fire and blood."
  • "Basic symbol of the life-principal"
  • It's "diurnal (day-time-ish), male... casting its glow upon all things, with vast and irresistible strength."
  • "a spur to action."
  • "It is the image of ardour and beauty, of all that is impulsive and generous, of youth and health and wealth and love, free and victorious"
  • In Irish tradition it is the colour of a warrior, in many traditions teenagers paint themselves red as a symbol of their vitality and strength.
  • "Red is also called the Absolute; 'it is pure because it consists of concentrated rays of sunlight.'"


Curious what I do have to say? Highlight: Bella is the white queen, of course. She has chosen her life with her "king", blah blah sacred marriage, blah blah union, blah blah completion. See also: celestial marriage, which relates to Stephenie's LDS beliefs. Obviously, her human death is quite literally a rebirth into this chosen life.
So who is the red pawn? Jacob. His fur as a wolf is red (of course, some chess board have white and black - this one is red... probably not just because of the color themes...) and we know he is going to have to be an important part of this story because he is important to Bella. While their romantic relationship has been resolved and is a no-go, his friendship and the current hole it is leaving, as well as his romantic status, is absolutely not resolved. I don't think Meyer would punish her characters by making them hate each other for eternity, or at least not speaking. So, it's showing that he'll be important... and that's "playing the same game" as Bella. I don't think it means that they'll fight against each other - just that he's got blood and she doesn't. And looking all this up confirmed it for me, but it's always possible I'm WAY off.


What do you all think? Do those cultural symbols directly relate to Meyer's choice? Or is it a looser meaning?

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doxys
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
This is my basic interpretation: Edward is the red pawn. He will be the one who conquers every barrier, every war at the end to be with Bella. I think they are two pieces from a whole and when everything that need to happened, happens they are be the winners of “the game”. And I don’t know but I think Bella won’t be change. I think maybe that story lead us to saw the totally redemption of Edward character maybe they love is capable of conquer the barriers of death and immortality and brings a fully life for the both of them. It is worth saying that the previous book’s titles: (Twilight – New Moon – Eclipse) are all metaphorically related with night and darkness. For Breaking Dawn we have a title metaphorically related with light, dawn and awakening. Isn’t it by literary folklore that all creatures of the night hide at dawn? That title could be a little ironic for a book that narrates Bella’s life as a newborn vampire. Certainly, the title is metaphorically ambiguous.


Peace
Doxys


Edited at 2008-07-15 05:11 am (UTC)
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