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Me Before You (extra credit)
Transcript of Me Before You (extra credit)
is a romantic adult novel, written by Jojo Moyes. It is a heartbreaking, realistic book told by a girl named Louisa Clark, who just recently lost her job of six years and is desperate for a new one. Her sister, Katrina, who is determined to get her an occupation, stumbles across the job of assisting a 35 year-old quadriplegic named Will Traynor with high pay. Taking up the job, Louisa reluctantly agrees to assisting him. She meets his usual caregiver, Nathan, and Will’s parents, Steven Traynor and Camilla Traynor. She is signed to a six-month contract, and at first, she can barely last the first few days. Due to his unbearable and satire personality, she thought that the job would be impossible to complete. However, she finds herself thinking otherwise as the two of them begin to bear with each other, going on adventures they’d never thought they would go on.
The following is an image from the movie, as well as the main book cover. This cover was published after the movie's release, and features Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) and Will Traynor (Sam Clafin).
Exposition & Rising Action
The book begins with Louisa losing her job, and the rising action to counter this issue is when she takes up the occupation as a caregiver. This decision alone, unbeknownst to her, already heavily affected and influenced her life. She even attempted to hand in her resignation letter within the first few months, however, when Camilla Traynor and Katrina coaxed her to stay with the current job, she did so. In doing this, she further develops her relationship with Will Traynor, and is also able to maintain a steady income to provide for her family.
The main plot conflict is Will Traynor’s disability. Since he is a quadriplegic, it disables him from doing many of the things he used to love. He can no longer experience activities as freely as he could before.
I think this is quite the melancholy quote. Before Will got into an accident, he was an extremely spirited person, always doing activities such as skiing and bungee-jumping. However, now that he’s stuck to a wheelchair, he can’t be the same person if he decided to do either of those things again; by the end of the day, he was still the man in the wheelchair. Therefore, he’d never regret his past activities, because those are his liveliest times.
Cassidy Mangune 7A
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” —Will Traynor (pg205)
Climax & Resolution
The climax is when Louisa plans for an extravagant trip with Will, and when she admits her love for him, he only tells her that it’s not enough. She’s unable to face him later on, and doesn’t say anything to him when he leaves for Switzerland. When she gets to Dignitas, however, it’s one of the most painful moments of her life.
The falling action is when Louisa is having her final conversation with Will. Camilla and Steven even leave them alone so they can have a private talk, both of them emotional. Louisa is unable to keep the tears from falling when she speaks to him; even though she knew it would be inevitable, it still pains her when Will’s time comes. She tells him that she isn’t here to try to change his mind. This, too, was the only choice that Will had control over ever since his accident. The resolution is when Will asks Louisa to call his parents in to pull the plug. The last chapter is an advisory regarding his death, and Louisa moves on to greater things for success in her future.
The main theme is freedom. Will lacks freedom, and in result, he wants for Louisa to go out and do something extraordinary with her life when he can’t. Louisa longs for him to be free, but she knows it’s impossible when he’s in a wheelchair. In conclusion,
Me Before You
is a tear-jerker full of wonderful moments from start to finish. My personal rating is 4/5 stars. It is beautifully written, and Jojo Moyes never fails to remember little details. Full of happy and sad moments, it presents an amazing storyline with the inevitable, tragic end.
Here is another gorgeous image from the movie, again showing Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. This scene takes place at Will's friends' wedding, where they get onto the stage and begin to 'dance', undaunted by the crowd.
Theme & Conclusion