In the first Twilight book, Edward and Bella have an intriguing conversation.
Edward believes that as soon as a person becomes a vampire, their soul is lost forever. Therefore he’s trying to get back into God’s good graces by only drinking animal blood, and being a “good vampire”.
It’s a very short convo, but it sets up Edward’s worry about Bella–that turning her into a vampire will cost her her soul.
This question is never answered. Bella is turned and they live happily ever after–but what about their souls?
I read all four books, hoping the story would address it on a deeper level, but it never did. So I guess I have to.
What is a soul, anyway? I’ve seen a lot of explanations.
The soul is the software that runs your hardware, like a computer’s operating system.
The soul is the personality and memory, the spirit is the animal life that makes the heart pump, and the mind is the physical brain.
More or less.
All we know is that we have a slice of immortality in us that struggles with the body’s fleshly cravings. Heaven and Hell are only accessed once our mortal lives end. God and eternity await.
But in fantasy, there’s this huge gray area. What about monsters who supposedly have no soul? Like vampires, or werewolves, or zombies?
I’ve mused on werewolves before. I’ve figured out what each kind of monster represents to me:
Vampire: decay of the soul
Werewolf: decay of the mind
Zombie: decay of the body
But the Twilight question remains. Can a person truly lose their soul? What are the repercussions of a person having their soul removed? Does the soulless state make them into a monster, or were they a monster before that?
I have a character who was a Christian before his soul was removed. As this story heads into revisions, I’m musing on what, exactly, this means, spiritually. Is he considered dead? Has he been proverbially snatched out of his Father’s hand, meaning he’s automatically damned?
Is he cut off from his spiritual side, and operating entirely in the flesh? Or would some grace remain?
He’s not a vampire, and his soul is still around–it’s just not in his body anymore. The object of the game is to get his soul back.
But I don’t know. What do you think?