Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2012 11:22:09 PM
The Notebook depicts a journey where one is able to find true love and value having a soul mate above any materialistic items. At the beginning of the movie, a story is being told by an old man to an elderly woman. Throughout the story, you come to the conclusion that the man is telling his wife the story of their love. She is not able to remember him due to a sickness called Dementia which begins to deteriorate a part of the brain that contains your long term memory. Through the story of love being told, I felt my own life being emulated and I, myself learnt many life-lessons that I plan to incorporate into my own life.
Allie, the protagonist of the story, has a summer romance with a boy named Noah. He shows the true meaning of love with many remarks and actions that he completes. Among the sweet gestures is one remark that really showed me the true meaning of love. He said, “If you are a bird, then I’m a bird.” No matter what happened, Noah just wanted to be with Allie and could not imagine being something different to her. After breaking up due to a fight, Noah and Allie parted ways. Noah became thoroughly depressed, but wrote Allie every day. Allie’s mother hid the letters from her for she had not been in support of the relationship. After awhile, Allie moves on with her life and gets engaged to a different, wealthy man.
Years later, Allie and Noah cross paths again and instantly they fall back into love. Allie ultimately breaks off her engagement and marries Noah—choosing love and meaning in life over wealth. Her mother had made the mistake of choosing wealth over happiness, but Allie was not prepared to make the same mistake. As Allie and Noah, grew old together, their passion and devotion to one another stayed alive. That spark and connection between them was omnipresent, and despite their fights they remained deeply in love. In fact, their fights are one of the sole causes that they are a successful relationship. By admitting that they are not perfect and completely alike, they are able to accept one another’s differences and grow together. Noah admitted that he was not afraid of hurting Allie’s feelings because he wanted all of her, both the good and the bad.
Their compatibility was unique to any other I have ever seen before. The way in which he treated her should give every couple hopes to have a relationship like theirs. Nobody should settle for less, because Allie proved that she would opt for love over materialistic items, for that is what will last in life. When Allie begins to looser her memory, it is Noah who sits by her side in order to make her remember, but had she chosen wealth she might not have been as lucky. For true love can last a lifetime and keep one happy; however money will never be able to do such a thing.