A Theme Of relationships in Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Series of Tragedy in “The Notebook”
“The Notebook”, written by Nicolas Sparks, is a controversial novel, which relates the romance between Allie and Noah. These two main characters remember their memories when the latter reads the notebook which is about their love stories to the former. Someone may think that it is an achingly fragment story about the enduring power of love and the achieved dreams because in the end Allie loses her memories. However, it may be clear that Noah and Allie’s love can overcome difficulties, and almost in every situation such as even though Allie is prevented from loving Noah by her family, they are still married and live together. Nonetheless, “The Notebook” is a sorrowful novel evident if one examines secondary characters, writing techniques, and health issues.
Yet, some state “The Notebook” has a happy ending. They claim the novel is positive because no matter how difficult to find each other for many years, and even Allie has to decide between Noah and Lon; the latter and the former still married, and have four children as contribution for the world. Also, in terms of health issues, Noah and Allie has lived together for forty-nine year which is a long time showing and enduring successful. In addition, Noah is unafraid to face the death, and has pictures of his family to remain the memories. Next, writing techniques must be discussed to reveal there is no tragedy in the novel. For instance, day and night symbolizes the good of time of Noah and Allie to be always connected. Meanwhile, one suggests that letters, and the notebook they wrote together are the great examples showing how close and joyful the couple lives together. They love and share every moment into these words to remind the other, which made their memories exist forever. Also, the painting, made by Allie, given to Noah is another example that one should examines. Every time, Noah looks at the painting, he feels alive when he touches it. In addition, concerning secondary characters, Dr. Barnwell is an instance. He loves his job, especially taking care of elder people even though he does not see his family much. Also, Lon is the second example, who is lucky not to marry someone; specifically Allie was not his own soul mate. In other words, there are many fishes in the sea; Lon is a perfect man looking for a right woman for his life. In addition, he does not have to endure Allie’s Alzheimer. Ultimately, the miracle comes to the couple in the end when Allies remembers Noah, and they make love. Apparently, she is healed, and god is fair to give Noah his soul mate back. To summarizes, these arguments seem reasonable and convincing.
Still, these ideas can be proven to be unreasonable if one considers secondary characters. First, Dr. Barnwell is an example to reveal the novel is clearly sorrowful evident, if once discusses in terms of his situation. In chapter “Winter for Two”, the doctor said to Noah that he has no choice, but this makes […] the choice will be made for him (174).Indeed, He spends whole time staying the hospital, and does not have time for family. In addition, Lon is Allie’s ex fiancé, who is handsome and talent. From Lon also show the tragedy when one examines the relationship between Allie and him. In chapter “The Courtroom”, Lon requests to postpone the trial to Monday in order to drive to New Barn, and find Allie. When his offer is accepted, Mr.Bates says “Mr.Hammond has never mad […] important to him” (130). This is one of the rare times that Lon wants to postpone the trial even though he may lose his license as well, so the purpose should be really important to him according to Mr. Bates’s statement. Indeed, Lon worries about Allie a lot. However, he tries to persuade Allies to change her mind, but finally he is a heartbroken. He loses the girl who is almost in his hand, the one that he loves the most. Furthermore, one of the most pessimistic things for elder people is witnessing their children die before them. Also, Allie and Noah is not an exception. They lose a son when he is four years old, which is another reason to claim that “The Notebook” is full of negative. Indeed, there is no reason to think that “The Notebook” is not a tragedy.
Next literacy devices should be discussed to reveal “The Notebook” is sorrowful. In the chapter “An Unexpected Visitor”, when Noah and Allie feed Clem, and they check the window together in order to make sure it was not be damaged by the storm, they see two pine trees[are blown over] (131). Two pine trees had been blown down by the storm appear in front of them, which symbolizes the couple’s love is about to be over. Moreover, in chapter “Winter for Two” also exist tragedy is when Noah read the poem written by Walt Whitman: “Not until the sun excludes you do I exclude you, Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you, do my” (157).From the poem, Whitman used sun, water, and leaves which can damage human which represent the death. In addition, the poem also convey a message which is time can destroy everything even memories and loves. Furthermore, in another Whitman’s poem there are two symbols which are the day and night. They are two phenomenon which never can appear at a same time, signifies Noah and Allie never can really be together. Indeed, because of Allie’s illness, they have no longer sleep on the same bed. Eventually, the couple just have lived for 49 years which is not quite the golden anniversary (or 50th), is symbolizes something is missing, and they are not successful as they would like to be. Clearly, these arguments support “The Notebook” is a tragedy seem credible.
Lastly, one cannot forget to examine health issues. In fact, there are full of sickness where death is about to come. Also in chapter “Winter for Two”, when Noah and Allie have dinner, she does not remember him, and says, “who are you? […] she says the most heart breaking words of all.”(192). Indeed, Alzheimer occurs and washes all Allie’s memories including her personal background, her basic privacy and her lover, Noah. Meanwhile, Noah is depressed and painful because his lover forgets him, and he has to stay apart from Allie and cries in the corner of the room. Moreover, not only Allie has sickness but also Noah has some terrible diseases. Clearly the last chapter, he says: “I lost my sight, and I heard what […] in my last remaining moments of consciousness.”(197). He has heart attacks, cancers, and stokes which sometimes hurt and damage his weak boy. Also, he feels his legs, hands and even his body are trend to death. Due to Noah’s snore they have slept in separate rooms for the first forty-five year, which makes Noah feels depressed. Therefore, it is no doubt to claim that “The Notebook” is full of hopelessness.
In conclusion, “The Notebook” is a tragedy or not is a hot topic to be discussed. Although, someone may think it is not a hopeless novel because some reasons such as Allie and Noah’s successfulness, and their miracle of love. However, “The Notebook” also exist sorrowfulness evident if one examines in terms of literacy devices, heath issues, and secondary characters. First, one can examine “the 49th anniversary” and the poem written by Whitman, are two examples of Nicolas Sparks’s writing techniques, reveal negative in the novel. Moreover, secondary characters also show the tragic in “The Notebook” such as Dr. Barnwell and Lon especially their situations. Furthermore, regarding health issues, even though the couple are still married, and live together, but Allie’s Alzheimer is the most tragic detail in “The Notebook”. Also, Noah has heart attacks, cancers, and even strokes when he gets older. Eventually, the miracles when Allie can remember Noah in the end, and they make love, is claimed as positive, however this moment only exist for a few minutes, then the latter will forget the former again. In other words, “The Notebook” is a pessimistic novel regarding these above arguments.
An Analysis Of Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook By: Cassandra Panayiotopoulos
The novel, “The Notebook” written by Nicholas Sparks is an inspiring love story about an affectionate young man named Noah Calhoun who lost his only love, and found her again. As Noah grew old with his wife, Allie Nelson, she became diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, even this diagnosis couldn’t conquer a love as authentic as theirs. The novel “The Notebook” has a very peculiar theme, which is love conquers all. This theme is shown with in the feelings Allie and Noah felt for each other as their love was lost and found. As their relationship unfolded they showed the true beauty that could be found in a relationship. Allie and Noah’s love overcame the fourteen years they spent apart, and the various obstacles that were thrown their way. Allie and Noah’s love was so true and strong, that it brought them together in the end.
This novel shows love in its purest form through Allie and Noah, which is an example to any married couple. “The Notebook”, is a magical novel that shows devotion and true love. No matter how many fights and obstacles Allie and Noah faced, their love always continued on, and no matter the circumstances Noah never forgot Allie. When Allie’s parents split Allie and Noah apart, Allie began to fear hurting her family. Thus, Allie distanced herself from Noah merely trying to forget him. When Allie became engaged to a man named Lon Hamilton, Noah kept fighting for her. “Noah is also left with the belief that miracles, no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable, are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things.” (Page 5) This quotation emphasizes the fact that Noah kept wishing for Allie to come back to him. Noah never really got over his love for Allie, and since they were separated for so long Allie went back to Noah fourteen years later, to tell him she was engaged. What Allie didn’t know is that she would fall in love with Noah again. This resulted in Allie spending lots of time deciding between two men, as maybe her feelings for Noah never did fade.
Allie had to make a critical decision when it came to choosing Lon or Noah. Allie’s love for Noah was strong enough to overcome the Money she would have had with Lon, which resulted in Allie choosing Noah over Lon. Allie’s and Noah’s love stayed within Allie forever, she never forgot about him, even when she tried her hardest to do so. When Allie visits Noah it shows that she couldn’t get Noah off her mind, as she went back to make sure she wasn’t making a mistake by choosing Lon. After seeing Noah for the first time in fourteen years, Allie leaves with tears streaming down her face. This features that Allie’s feelings for Noah never did die. “Without another word they came together, as if it were the most natural thing in the world, and he put his arms around her, drawing her close.” (Reunion, Page 38) This quotation emphasizes Allie’s decision, and shows that her heart was set on Noah, even after all their time spent apart.
Both Allie and Noah are major characters that represent the theme “love conquers all” because without these two characters their tale of losing each other, and finding each other again, could not be told. Allie spent many years in fear of her family’s disapproval of Noah. Allie’s parents never approved of Noah as they didn’t think Noah was a man that would fit in their high class family. Therefore Allie’s mother didn’t deliver any of Noah’s letters to Allie, when it was Noah’s letters that brought them back together. Allie’s mother believed that Allie could do better, and for a while Allie followed the fear of her mother instead of her heart. Allie nearly gave into her family’s disapproval, by choosing Lon instead of Noah. However, when Allie realised how strong her love was for Noah she also realised that no one should force her in a direction she didn’t want to go. When Allie’s mother realised Allie’s love for Noah was so pure she returned the letters to Allie. That is when Allie and Noah became inseparable.
Eventually everyone has to make a critical decision, and in Allie’s circumstance her love for Noah overcame her love for everyone else. The strong love between Allie and Noah left Allie happy knowing she was strong. As Allie and Noah grew old together, Allie’s disease got worse. She couldn’t remember who her children were, her husband, or anything for that matter about her life. Allie had promised Noah when she became diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that she would try her best to remember him, as Noah promised Allie he would try his best to make her remember. Noah believed by reading his notebook to Allie she will begin to remember who he is. However, even when Allie did remember she always began to forget. In the end of the novel Allie and Noah die together just as Allie promised. Even though Allie had Alzheimer’s, their love over powered the disease, which became just another obstacle they had to climb over together. Allie and Noah had to face many setbacks; however they got through it because their love was so pure. This novel proves that true love does conquer all because together Allie and Noah conquered, and accepted their fates.
A Love Found, Lost and Regained in the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
“The Notebook”: Tragic or Not?
“The Notebook”, written by Nicholas Sparks, is a classic story of love found, lost, and regained. It is a beautiful and romantic story that have touched many readers. However, there are different opinions on whether it is a tragic story or not. With deep consideration, I agree on that the novel is tragic but beautiful. The reason why it is a story of tragedy can be listed as follows: the literary devices that Nicholas Sparks uses, which foil a sorrow atmosphere; pitiful secondary characters and the health issues Noah and Allie have when they are aged.
To begin with, there are many statements, which in favor of that “The Notebook” is not tragic but a hopeful story, seem convictive. Many believe that since Allie and Noah are together at the end, facing life and trouble together, being well taken care of in a retirement home and visited by their children once in a while, so it is somehow a perfect ending. Some advocates suggest that the “day and night” metaphor, which appeared towards the end of the story, is actually a symbolization that Noah and Allie are always connected. Moreover, even though Allie has a memory loss, she has always remembered Noah when hearing from the notebook, and yet, she remembered Noah without one at the end. Other points they had is that despite Noah has cancer, he has normal aging with a wonderful life. Although Noah is struggling against arthritis, stroke and heart attacks, the love between Noah and Allie always make him feel warm and strong, like a midnight bandit. Besides, Noah is not frightened by death for he thinks it is a natral progress. In general, such arguments appear persuasive at first.
Nevertheless, a deeper investigation to the literary devices the writer used reveals that it is more appropriate to say that the book is tragic. First, reviewing the poems that appeared in the story, which are quotations from Whitman’s Poem, evidences are found to prove it is tragic. For example, one of the poem Noah reads to Allie: “Not till the sun excludes you do I exclude you, not till the water glisten for you” (157) shows that death is a feeling of incredible loneliness. Next, the “day and night” metaphor mentioned: “I know what is like to be day and night now; always together forever apart.” (176) symbolizing that Noah and Allie are forever apart, which is a tragic ending. Lastly, examining the “reincarnation letter”: “ one can learn that Allie and Noah are always forced apart. Yet, they were star-crossed and never can get together. To summarize, by analyzing literary devices that the writer uses, it is fair to say that the novel is tragic.
Then, a quick look at secondary characters also demonstrates the work’s misfortunate aspect. First, despite claims that the two protagonists finally have a happy life together with four children, they have lost their four year-old son. When Noah is reading the letters that he has sent to Allie over years, he remembers his dead child who resembled his beloved, “It is a terrible thing to outlive your child, a tragedy I wish upon no one.” (171) He thinks the worst thing a parent can ever undergo is to lose his or her own child to death, he would surely trade his life for his son if he could. Then, the dying of Fin, Noah’s best friend also makes the text a tragedy. His death is harsh, since his destroyer was torpedoed in the war; it makes the protagonist thinks of him a lot and sometimes blames himself for making his friend join the battle. Next, another character that plays quite an important role in the love story also has to sustain a big lost in his life. Lon, Allie’s fiancé before she comes back to Noah, has to let the only woman that he has ever wanted to marry go. In the letter that Noah sends to his wife, he also acknowledges that Lon is a good man, “He behaved as a gentlemen would, and I understood then why your choice was so hard.” (174) When Allie firms she cannot go back to Lon, he knows that he will not be able to keep his love and accepts the truth that he has lost her heart for Noah; he respects her and this helps making it a very hard decision for Allie to leave him. Furthermore, doctor Barnwell, who helps the couple in the last years of their lives, does not have real happiness. He is alone, according to Noah, too busy with his work and taking care of his patients that he cannot be with his own family. Indeed, the circumstances of minor characters give the work a dark sense. (PN)
Finally, health issues cannot be ignored when considering the tragic side of the book. During the late years of his life, Noah is tortured with some physical illness: cancer, arthritis, stroke and heart attacks. A stroke almost brings him down, as the doctors predict, “[They] could be serious, especially for someone his age, and the consequences could be severe.”(198) which reveals that it is very dangerous. He still can hardly walk and control his own body after he leaves the hospital and this inhibits him from coming to his wife, ageing to him is a big obstacle then. Furthermore, the major problem that suffers both of the protagonists is Allie’s psychological disease. It not only takes away a lot from her but also makes Noah despondent from the first time he hears the heart-breaking news from Dr. Barnwell, he observes, “[Alzheimer’s] is a thief of hearts and souls and memories.”(167) This demonstrates how depressed the husband is when he realizes he is going to lose a part of his wife to a degenerative brain disease; she will forget her love for him and everything that they have had together. In addition, some might say the couple finally has a happy ending together since Allie remembers Noah without his reading of the notebook. However, it will be the same as a few times before, she will forget him again afterward, and the situation can only be worse to him. Clearly, the physical and psychological ailments have made the novel seems dark. (PN)
In conclusion, The Notebook is a pessimistic work, which is clear when examining the literary devices used, secondary characters and health problems of the protagonists. First, from the poem of Noah’s favourite poet to the “reincarnation letter” that he sends Allie, the story is demonstrated to be filled with loneliness and separation of the couple. Then, what happens to each of the minor characters helps revealing the book’s desperation. Finally, although the wife remembers her husband sometimes, but she will forget how much she loves him and all the memories that contain their moments together, which makes Noah alone in the end. (PN)