Deviance in the film TwilightSaga

Deviance in the film TwilightSaga

The main characters in the twilight saga, Belleand Edward, portray an array of deviance from the acclaimed socialnorms. Being the main focus of the film, the two characters fall inlove and wish nothing less than defying all the odds to be together.Edward is a charming, morally upright and a mature gentleman. Herestrains from his natural blood thirst urges to keep Belle pure.Edward restrains from the way his family murders, dismembers andsucks blood from human victims to quench their vampire thirsts. He ispassionate about Bella that he sympathetically deviates from hisexpected course of life. He restrains his sibling’s intentions tohurt Bella and protects her from his family and friends.

Bella is a beautiful normal human who deviatesfrom her normal path of life to fall in love with a vampire. Sheunsympathetically keeps her parents and friends away, by lying,manipulating and ignoring them. She only wants to enjoy the intimateand passionate relationship with her lover who she knows can never beaccepted in the human society. In one way, such an arrangement andlove affair can force people to do things that are inherently immoraland goes against the customs of the community.

In human behavior, dating a vampire is notacceptable. The character of Bella can be viewed as foolish anddaring. She knows very well that in the long run she will have toturn into a vampire like Edward. Edward is also naïve thinking thathe can restrain from his blood thirst for long. Edward and Bellarationalize their conscience through tolerance. This tolerance,however, creates a new perverse moral orientation that is paradoxicalto their genuine nature. Edward and Bella are creating a new moralcontext based on their subjective emotional feelings towards eachother.

Twilight saga adopts specific theoreticalperspectives on deviance and crime that have been proposed bysociologists. Functionalism theory best fits this film through theAnomie Theory by Merton. The characters of Bella and Edward aredepicted as “rebels” who actively engage in deviant behavior tosupport their emotional and intimate attachment which is againsttheir sub-groups’ rules and laws. They reject the sociallyaccredited norms and use non approved methods to attain their desiredgoals. Symbolic interactionism theory can also fit this film based onthe fact that the interaction of two different social beings makethem fall in love after a specified period of time of contact. Theyoung age of Bella compels her emotional being to get attached to avampire whom she loves and allows his culture to embed in her life.She is willing to consummate their love by letting Edward bite herand transform her into a vampire.

Ultimately, Bella gives in to Edward and she istransformed into a vampire in the fourth part of the movie, Twilight,Break of Dawn. This changes her lifecompletely as she now possesses the powers of vampires rather thanmere mortal humans. She is therefore, unable to fit in the humansociety and adopts a new life. Edwards’s deviance character becomesnon-deviant since he managed to transform a human into a vampire.

Social control is observed in all communitiesto align people on the path of set customs and beliefs. Bella’sparents are staunch believers in humanity and do not want Bella toget involved with vampires and ware-wolves. Some of her friends arealso critical of the relationship. Edward’s parents and siblingsare unhappy with his arrangement and want him to transform Bella intoa vampire to fit their way of life.

The deviant behavior seen in these maincharacters is accurate and serves to create a social change where itdoesn’t exist. Vampires start accepting humans in their packs andtransform them, a scenario that was forbidden for years. Humans alsorevere the character of vampires and are willing to be transformed,just like Bella.