Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks begins in a nursing home with an elderly man reading a story. The story he reads is about two teenagers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun who meet one summer and fall in love. However, they are torn apart by Allie's parents who do not approve of Noah's poor family when they move Allie away. Allie waits for Noah to write her for years, but she gives up hope of it working out between them and gets engaged to a young man named Lon. Allie's family also falls in love with Lon's charm and the fact that he's from old southern money. After seeing a picture of Noah in the newspaper, Allie wants to clear her mind of him and decides to visit him one last time before she is married. When she stops by Noah's house, it's obvious they both still have feelings for each other. Allie has to make the heartbreaking decision of either choosing her fiance or her first love.
1. Allie's mother hides the letters Noah writes to Allie to prevent them from ever seeing each other again. Is it okay for parents to control who their children are involved with because of the expectations they have for their children to live up to?
2. Allie's parents seem to be more concerned with the financial situation of who she is involved with than she is. Are financial statuses important in keeping a healthy relationship?