Well, now I dislike him. After I finished Eclipse I hated him so much that words fail me. And such negative feelings are no good for the soul. And it’s always sinabi that Pagsulat it down helps. And now that I have it written I may very well share it.
When I started to read Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse were already out and I knew that Jacob would somehow interfere with the relationship of Bella and Edward so I was slightly biased. To be honest I still am.
In the first book he annoyed me but he was just a pushy kid with a crush and an unforgiving father. I didn’t like him but I could see past it.
In New Moon after Edward left and Bella found her passion for adrenaline sports it was harder for me but up until he became a werewolf he was still just a kid with a crush who tried to be friendly. And then as he learned to true he gradually became not only pushy but inconsiderate. All he saw was his own feelings and needs and I don’t think he stopped for moment to think about how Bella may not be ready for a new relationship – if she ever would be. That’s when he became the bad guy for me.
And then came Eclipse and he was everywhere and he was making Bella doing stupid hurtful things and he wouldn’t let a chance to hurt Edward pass sa pamamagitan ng and yet again he didn’t even pause to think that in doing so he is hurting Bella. And then I read the chapter from hell and I was so angry and I hated him for it so much. Emotional blackmail is not so high on my listahan of romantic things a guy should do to impress woman. There was no redemption for him after that. At least not in my eyes.
It was the little things that made me appreciate and adore Edward and it was the little things that made me hate Jacob. And I think a lot of it is to be blamed on Steph. I don’t think she ever intended for Jacob to become the bad guy in this story because for her he clearly isn’t. She says she is Switzerland but for me it seems as though deep down she is Team Jacob.
I still think it was a very bad ilipat to introduce a romance and then suddenly turn it into a pag-ibig tatsulok for several chapters with no nakaraan or subsequent validation. Because to me she always saw a brother in him. Someone who you pag-ibig although sometimes you feel like strangle him because you know when push comes to ipakita he will have your back. And you will have his.
And the madami Steph tried to persuade us of his good features the madami prominent the bad ones became for me. Steph sinabi Jacob did not have a tragic flaw. I disagree. But I don’t really consider what she called Bella and Edwards’s tragic flaws to be that bad either.
I could deal with Edward's. It would annoy me big time but his overprotectivness is very much comprehensible from where he is standing. Because to him clumsy human Bella must seem madami fragile then a crystal vase during an earthquake. I may not agree with the methods but I can comprehend the sentiment.
I’m not even gonna start with Bella’s “tragic flaw” because I never believed in her being in pag-ibig romantically with Jacob. So no tragedy or flaw there.
As for Jacob. For two books he tried to ipakita Bella that he is better for her and for two books Edward tried to ipakita him that Bella is his. They were not going about it in a very nice manner but where Edwards’s actions showed the depth of his feelings Jacob came across as immature and selfish.
I think his first problem was that he didn’t understand the magnitude of Edwards’s feelings up until Breaking Dawn. Because if he did he would never be able to see him as an enemy. Just like Edward never saw him as such.
But his biggest problem and his tragic flaw, at least in my eyes, was that he never understood the depth of Bella’s pag-ibig for Edward. He saw the pain and her willingness to risk everything for him but he never really understood or grasped the reason for her actions. Because if he just for a fleeting moment understood the magnitude of what was connecting Edward and Bella him entertaining the idea that she would ever choose him would be laughable. Because if he did, regardless of how deep his own feelings run he would simply have to bow in the face of such love. Just like everyone else did.