I think in Twilight 2 there is something about Edward Cullen saying he is condemned anyway.

What does it mean?

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    The sparkly hell...
    – John C
    Sep 17, 2013 at 21:04

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It is an unfortunate aspect of human psychology that many people are judgmental and prejudiced against anyone who is different. Historically this has manifested in many ways including racism, sexism, and persecution of people following other religions. The more different someone is, the more extreme the prejudice.

It follows, then, that many humans would have extreme views about a group that, as a general rule, uses humans for their primary food source.

If we go to chapter 16 (Carlisle) of Twilight, Edward tells Bella the story of how Carlisle became a vampire. This paragraph is particularly relevant:

His father was an intolerant man. As the Protestants came into power, he was enthusiastic in his persecution of Roman Catholics and other religions. He also believed very strongly in the reality of evil. He led hunts for witches, werewolves...and vampires.

And so, in the Twilight universe, those humans who believe in vampires most often believed that they are evil and theirs souls damned to hell. Edward, having received a fairly traditional middle-class American upbringing (of the time in which he lived), would have almost certainly learned this as a child. It would require a powerful, life-changing event to force him to re-think it.

In many fantasy stories that contain vampires, they are affected by religious artifacts such as crosses and holy water. However, in the Twilight saga, vampires are completely unaffected by them. This might mean that vampires are not universally evil and are therefore not automatically condemned. It could mean that there is no "evil". Or it could mean any number of other things. The author never gives any explicit clues in the story as to what the afterlife is like or what sort of reception vampires will receive when they reach it (albeit, perhaps later than normal).


Edward believes he's damned to hell because of what he is, but he appears to be the only one on his "family" with such beliefs.

At the end, I guess he stops believing that because he eventually turns Bella, something he would not do if he still thought he'd be condemning her.

There is no (as far as I remember) other source of information about this subject from the books, so I think we'll have to go with "he thought that way but eventually he changed his mind".

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    You might think that he wouldn't have turned Bella if he thought he was condemning her to hell, but Edward Cullen wouldn't be the first adolescent to say "I know what I'm about to do will have very bad long term consequences for the one I 'love', but I don't care - I have to be with her." Sep 16, 2013 at 18:11
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    Technically, he's not an adolescent, he's over 80 years old, isn't him? He's an old man trapped in the body of a young one.
    – Deleteman
    Sep 16, 2013 at 18:33
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    Emotionally and hormonally he acts like an adolescent. Sep 16, 2013 at 18:35
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    It's worth noting that when he saw her after revealing himself in public (which he expected to end with his immediate death) he believed himself to have literally died and ended up in heaven. So his actions (belief in arriving in Heaven after death) show his so-called belief to be only loosely held.
    – Jeff
    Sep 7, 2014 at 16:01

check this clip out from new moon

at around 2 minutes Carlisle explains the Bella that he is damned regardless of helping people on earth. could be different in the books but at least in the movie lore it seems that more than just Edward believes they and all vampires are going to hell

  • You could improve this by transcribing the exact words.
    – DavidW
    Mar 13 at 23:13

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