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The Notebook

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Sol Gonzalez

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of The Notebook

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Connection#4-Teenager vs parents
Allie and her mother don't get along and bicker often because of Noah. Allie's Mother thinks that her daughter deserves better that Noah and she wants her to marry in her social status. That is why when Allie gets engaged to Lon, Allie's mother is happy.
Soul Surfer

Noah and Allies determination to get back together reminded me of a movie I watched not so long ago. The movie "Soul Surfer" is about a young girl whos passion was surfing. After a tragic accident where a shark tore her arm off she was left hopeless and depressed. However ever though she was severely injured she realized that it could not set her back and started to surf again with only one arm. This kind of determination is also shown in the novel, The Notebook. After spending time apart Noah and Allie both realize that they are meant to be together and Noah even builds a house to catch Allies attention. These stories prove that if you really love something, you should not let it go just because there are obstacles and set backs. If your love is true there shouldn't be anything to hold you back.
Connection #1-Star Crossed Lovers
Allie and Noah
Connection #2- Alzheimers Disease
At the end of the story, Allie has Alzheimers disease. When i read the symptoms and how Allie acted it reminded me of a childhood memory. I remember when my best friend explained to me that her grand mother had Alzheimers disease. She would explain how frustrating it was when her grandma couldn't even remember her name or would call her by the wrong name. This relates perfectly to The Notebook because Noah was in the same situation. He would try to remind Allie of the memories they had together and how much they loved each other. It is sad to see how Alzheimers disease not only changes the person who has its life but also those around them.
Connection#5-Everlasting Love
Most of Nicholas Sparks books have this common theme of everlasting love. This may be because of his childhood memories of his grandparents. Growing up, Sparks saw as his grandparents love grew for each other every day. He watched as they would face obstacles together and no matter what happened their relationship stayed strong. That is why many of his stories are about couples that face challenges trying to be together but they always seem to find a way to be together in t. An example of this is The Lucky One. Logan, a soldier in Iraq searches for a woman named Beth because he thinks she is his lucky charm. In the end of the story he finds her and they fall in love. Other Nicholas Sparks stories that have similar themes are; The Vow and Dear John.
Connection # 6-
Long Distance Relationships
"A Soldier's Wife"

I hate to watch
Each time you leave
And I hide from you
How much I grieve

I know it’s your duty
And you will go
But once you are gone
I will miss you so

I know you’ll come home
As soon as you can
But right now you’ll deploy
Like an honorable man

So I’ll keep things together
Till you can come back
But, this is where you belong
Not some desert in Iraq

Yet, I do understand
Why you risk you’re life
For that’s a Soldier’s job
And I’m a Soldier’s wife.

Connection #3- Someone like you
The song someone like you by Adele has parts that relate to The Notebook:
Romeo and Juliet:
These two couples are very comparable, this is because both are in but they are from different social statuses.
The women in both stories are wealthy while the men are poor. In both stories they find a way to be together because of their devotion.

Jasmine and Aladdin
Much like Romeo and Juliet, these lovers compare to Allie and Noah for the same reasons. Jasmine is a princess and her father wants her to marry a prince, In the Notebook, Allie must face the same dilemma. Aladdin's monkey is also very similar to Mercutio since they both lighten the mood and are always making jokes.
Two more examples are from The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas. In the Little Mermaid, Triton wants Ariel to marry someone from their kingdom but she wants to marry the Prince that lives on land. In Pocahontas, The chief wants her to marry Kocoum but she falls in love with John Smith.
There are many examples of the typical story line of star crossed lovers. The theme "Love conquers all" seems to be one of the most popular themes used in stories. This is because people enjoy seeing that nothing can come in the way of people that are in love.
You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised in a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it
I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded
That for me, it isn't over

Never mind, I'll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you, too
Don't forget me, I beg
, I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Allie and Noah met in summer and that same summer they fell in love.
This line ties in to Alzheimers disease, Noah prays every day that Allie will miraculously recover from her disease and remember him and the memories they share
This line also relates to Allie's disease and how Noah hopes that she will remember him.
The movie Brave can relate to Allie and her mothers fights. Teenagers have always been know for going against their parents wishes. Girls in particular always seem to find a way to ruin their mothers hopes and dreams for them. In Brave, Merida's mother wants her to act like a princess and marry royalty but that is the opposite of what Merida wants to do.
Connection #8-
Connection#10- Theory
A part of this story made me think of the theory of functionalism and gender roles. Where men are supposedly supposed to provide for the family whereas moan stay home with the family. This relates to The Notebook because when Noah and Allie separate she meets Lon and gets engaged to him. There is doubt that Allie could have seen Lon as a longtime partner because he was wealthier. Immediately, we can see how gender roles have changed over time. This book was written in 1996 but the story takes place a long time ago.It was a different generation where The men would go out and work for a living while the women stayed home and took care of the kids. Without knowing it, Allie does what her mother wants by being engaged to a man who will be able to provide for her future children.
If you're a bird, I'm a bird
In the Notebook, Noah tells Allie " If you're a bird, I'm a bird." In this quote a bird is a dove which symbolizes freedom. I think Noah is telling Allie that if she feels free he does too.Theyre connected on a different level than most couples.
This poem makes me think of how Noah and Allie felt when they were apart. The emotions and feelings made me think of how the wives and husbands of soldiers feel. Even when Allie was engaged to Lon she still thought of Noah and the times they spent together. it must be hard for couples who are separated by war to always be worried if they will ever see their significant other again.

“My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and problems with children.

She has lost 30 pounds and weighed about 90 pounds in her 35 years. She got very skinny, and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs.

She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the morning and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of break up.

Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role.

I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon…But then I decided to act on it.
After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on the earth.

She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her shoulders.

I began to pamper her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised her and pleased her every minute. I gave her lots of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends.

You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became even better than before. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and she loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much. And then I realized one thing: The woman is the reflection of her man. If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.“
This is a love letter that Brad Pitt wrote to his wife Angelina Jolie. In this letter he states that she went through a rough patch. In this letter you can see how much love her has for her. In her deepest hour, Brad was there for her and did not give up even when trying seemed pointless. This relates to The Notebook because when Allie is sick Noah shows up at the hospital every day to read to her. He realizes that she will never get better but even though she doesn't remember their memories, he still does. Noah is from a different generation than Brad but its nice to see that true love is still possible.
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