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Hidden Meanings Behind Titles

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In one way, shape, or form, astronomical symbols help us comprehend various things better; be it finding our way home, understanding a story’s plot or finally grasping how it relates to the story it was named after. The astronomical symbols that are the titles of each of the Twilight Saga books represent the stages of Bella’s life.

Twilight was the title of the opening book of the “Twilight Saga”. To recognize how it relates to the story, one must know what ‘twilight’ means. Twilight is the time between sunset and dusk; it is when ‘time stands still.’ Therefore, twilight is neither dark nor light; it is right in between. In Twilight, Bella is leaving her old life and beginning a new one. She moves away from her mother – the person that she has spent most of her life with – and goes to stay with her father, Charlie. Many things change for her: the climate, schools, friends, parents, homes, and more. She is moving from one stage of her life – the light, where she lived in a sunny place and was happy - to the darkness where danger, adventure and love await. Currently, she is in between the stages of light and dark, she is in twilight. Moving from hot, dry, and cloudless, Arizona to the cloudiest, coldest, rainiest place in the continental U.S. is also a big change for her; it turns out to be for the best, because without those clouds she would have never met her vampire sweetheart who reacts strangely to sunlight: Edward. The title – Twilight – connects to the story because it tells you that Bella’s previous way of life was over and her life was taking the turn at the fork road towards night and darkness, towards loving and spending her life with Edward. Her previous life was in the light before the twilight, but when twilight cam...

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