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The Notebook

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Ashley Gilbert

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of The Notebook

By: Nicholas Sparks The Notebook The novel begins in the 1940s in New Bern, North Carolina. This is where Noah and Allie are able to further develop into who they really are and not what others expect of them. Throughout the novel Noah and Allie are faced with many conflicts in their relationship. Allie's parents do not approve of her being in love with a common boy like Noah. Even when Allie has moved away from New Bern, Noah writes her a letter everyday for one year. Allie never writes back because her mother has taken the letters so Allie will know nothing of them. Characters Minor Characters Gus
Fin
Sarah
Morris Goldman
Dr. Barnwell
Janice
Lon
Anne Setting Major Conflicts Synopsis Analysis of Symbols and Themes Quotes Book Review I think "The Notebook", is a great book because it always leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance novels. When Noah and Allie are on the river, in the kayak, surrounded by white birds, it symbolizes the rebirth or a new beginning in their relationship. The color of the birds, white, represents their innocence. The flock of birds also symbolizes togetherness because no bird flies alone.

The theme of the novel is that love conquers all. As seen when Noah and Allie are faced with many obstacles, love is what keeps them moving forward, despite peoples doubts. Allie is also faced with the decision of choosing one life over another. She is engaged to Lon but still finds herself wondering what life would be like if she had stayed in New Bern with her first love, Noah. This story is framed by a man who is reading out of a notebook to a woman who suffers from Alzheimer's. From this notebook we learn that Noah and Allie spend the ideal Summer together, but her family tries to prevent them from being together by moving away from New Bern. Noah tries to keep in contact with Allie, but his letters go unanswered. Noah eventually goes to war hoping to escape the ghost of Allie. When he returns home to restore an old farmhouse, his picture appears in a newspaper article. After fourteen years of separation, Allie sees the picture and returns to visit Noah. The only issue is that she is engaged to another man. After spending a couple days together, Allie must decide between the two men she loves. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..” -Narrator This shows the laid back nature of the narrator. He isn't rich or famous but that doesn't matter because love is much more important to him. “You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” -Narrator This quote is important because it is one of the major conflicts in the novel. Allie has to choose which man she wants to be with, and is afraid of hurting someone that she loves. In the end she just has to do what makes her happy and not what everyone else wants her to do. Characters Major Characters Noah Noah is the protagonist of the novel. He represents faith and true love. He stays true to Allie even when he is unsure if he will ever see her again. Noah seems almost too good to be true, seemingly having no faults. Allie As Allie grows and matures she wants the best of both worlds when it comes to love. This growth symbolizes true love. Her relationship with Noah portrays the essence of love. It allows her to develop into who she wants to be, not what anyone else wants her to be. Minor Characters Lon
Anne
Gus
Fin
Sarah
Dr. Barnwell
Janice From:Noah Allie By: Ashley Gilbert
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