Editor's Note: A big thank you to my wife for providing much-needed background knowledge from the Twilight books, and for co-writing this article with me.
Morality is discovered, like stars, not invented, like games. It is not man-made, arbitrary, and changeable...Morality gives human beings dignity.
- Peter Kreeft
Many will scoff at the suggestion that the film adaptation of Breaking Dawn can be unpacked in any serious way. We are talking about the latest Twilight film, correct? The movie about vampires punctuated by Kristen Stewart gasping? The one where Taylor Lautner rips off his shirt to show off his abs to millions of giddy girls across the country in the first minute of the movie?
Yes - and to a certain extent, they're right. Twilight is, for the most part, just a straight-forward fantasy-romance stories for teens, despite innumerable attempts to read some grand metaphor into them. They're just stories - and yes, a big part of the attraction for most teens is the love triangle between a teenage girl, a mysterious vampire, and a moody werewolf.
Yet, the film Breaking Dawn does graze some serious ethical questions - questions about the nature of the person and the consideration of consequences when making moral choices.