Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Stephenie Myer. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is about a newborn vampire girl that was recently bitten by Victoria. Victoria bit Bree because Victoria is creating an army of vampires to attack the Cullen family. Victoria has a vendetta against Edward Cullen, because he killed Victoria's mate. So Victoria creates an army to get revenge.

Bree has been a vampire for 3 months and she makes friends with Diego. They go hunting together and become friends. Diego is an older vampire. There are many vampires in Victoria's army. They all live in one house. But they keep moving so people don't find them and because the "gangs" in the house keep burning the houses down. Bree is not in these "gangs". She keeps to herself as much as possible, but does start to trust Diego. The vampires move to a log cabin which is different from their typical homes. It is futher away from the city. When the "gangs" are fighting, Bree sits by a man named Fred. He doesn't talk much. He has special skills. He can repulse everyone. That keeps them out of his way (and Bree's since she stays near him). When "gangs" begin to fight he repulses them and makes everyone leave so the fighting stops.

The story is mostly about what Bree is observing and experiencing. The only person she talks to is Diego and towards the end of the book Fred. When Bree and Diego go hunting they follow Riley, the leader of the army. Riley goes to Victoria's house. Diego and Bree overhear Riley and Victoria's conversation. They are talking about the fight that they are going to start with the Cullens. Then the Volturi come and tell Victoria if she doesn't start the fight soon they are going to kill her. When Riley leaves, Diego goes and talks to him and Bree goes back to the house. Riley comes back but Diego never does. Bree is very sad, but she thinks he is still out there. Riley begins to train the "troops". Riley leads the vampires to attack, but Riley and Victoria flee once at the battle grounds. Fred tells Bree to go a different way so she doesn't have to fight. She listens to Fred. Fred goes to Vancourver, he says she could come with him, but she wants to find Diego.

When Bree reaches the fighting grounds she sees wolves and the Cullens killing all of her "team". Bree hides in the forest. She is attacked by Carlisle, so she surrenders to the Cullens. Carlisle talks to Bree and then the Volturi come. The Volturi talk to Bree but she doesn't talk. They ask her questions about Victoria and Riley, but she doesn't say anything. The Volturi gets mad. " "Don't watch," the redheaded mindreader(Edward) whispered. I closed my eyes"(179).

1. Riley and Victoria lie to the "newborns" about many aspects of being a vampire (for example, they scare them into believing they will burn in daylight. In the book, we learn this is a myth.) They instill fear in them so that they can keep them and build an army to destroy the Cullens. Do you think fear or trust is the best way to rally people together for a cause?

2. Bree, Diego, and Fred were a few of the "smarter" newborns. They distrusted Riley at times. They began to question some of his teachings and think for themselves. Fred was able to escape. Diego and Bree were not as fortunate. Is it better to think and fight for yourself or to blindly follow "authority" and fight for what you are told?

14 comments:

Freddy B. 7-8 said...

1. They are both very effective.
2. It is better to think and fight for yourself.

Renae G. 1-2 said...

I think it is more important to think and fight for yourself because sometimes the right thing to do is not what you are told.

Kaitlyn K 7-8 said...

I think it is better to think and fight for yourself because you will fight harder for something you believe in and not something that someone tells you to fight for.

Mia G. 1-2 said...

i guess it depends on the situation your in if you should control with trust or by fear. fear seemed to work best in this type of a situation.
everyone for themselves.

Hannah K. 1-2 said...

Truth is more effective, as overusing fear as a means of control can reduce credibility.
It is important to do what you believe is right, but also think realistically, so that you do not end up in a bad situation, as with Bree and Diego.

Raechel B. 7-8 said...

1. Truth is more effective to rally up people for a cause because if you tell the truth then your people will know they could trust you and if you use fear then your people will not think they could rely on you.

2. It is better to fight for yourself because then you know what you should fight for and you know what is right.

Tyler W 1-2 said...

I think when using fear they will not act for you willingly, but with trust, they will do things for you willingly. Trust is essentially better.

Ashley B. 1-2 said...

I think trust is essential to build relationships with other people. If someone trusts you then they will willingly do what you ask, but i do think in some situations fear is an effective way too. If someone is scared then they will do what they are told in fear of the consequences.

Josie D 7/8 said...

1. I think trust is a better way to get people to work together. Although sometimes lying can be temporarily effective, once people find out it is a lie, they will all band together against the person who lied to them in the first place.

2. It is better to fight for yourself and do what is best for you. It is best to fight for what you believe in and feel is right rather than fighting just because someone else told you to.

Sydney S. 1-2 said...

1. I think that trust is the best way to not only get people together for a cause, but to keep them together for a cause. Fear and lying will eventually become ineffective.

2. It is better to fight for yourself and for what you believe in, rather then just following orders.

Renae G. 1-2 said...

1. I think that trust is the best way to rally people together for a cause. Fear can result in a bad situation.

Millie W. 7/8 said...

1)Although trust is the best way to band together. Fear and lying can be just as effective as well. Like Hitler for Germany, Mussolini for Italy, and Russia in their dictatorship phases.
2) Its better to think logically for your self and fight for what you know is true.

Morgan O 7-8 said...

2) I think it is better to fight for what you believe in, but sometimes for your own safety it is vital to refrain from openly fighting authority.

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