The Notebook

The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds and that’s what you given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. The Notebook is a close second on my favorite films of all time. It’s a movie I can watch over and over when I want to reinforce in the idea of love. It’s a film about unconditional love and that the choices we make need to be the choices that we want, not from the approval of others. It’s about social class and how it doesn’t matter when it comes to true love. I also believe that it’s about how real love always finds its way back to each other even if all else tries to tear them apart.

It starts with two elderly people in what looks like a nursing home and they start reading a story. The story takes place in 1940 in Seabrook, South Carolina where we meet Noah & Allie. Right away Noah spots Allie and immediately pursues her. He’s the kind of guy that knows what he wants and can be very persistent. Allie is a girl that is a people pleaser and has her parents decide how her life should play out cause that’s how she was raised. Noah is a poor lumberman and Allie is a rich girl that was visiting for the summer. They fall in love over the summer and he learns that they are from two different worlds. He meets her parents and they disapprove because of the social class. Eventually this leads to them breaking up and Allie goes to New York to pursue schooling.

Heartbroken, Noah tries to patch things up by writing letters to Allie but after a year of writing every day and not hearing from her, he gives up. He later enlists to fight in World War II as Allie becomes a nurse for the wounded soldiers. She ends up meeting a wounded soldier named Lon and he fits all the criteria that her parents have dreamed of. Allie ends up getting engaged and starts planning for her wedding. She suddenly has flashbacks of how she always thought this moment would be Noah, not Lon. Noah returns back from the war and finds his passion in restoring this old house that he and Allie use to talk about when they were together. He succeeds and ends up putting the house up for sale for lots of money that he ends up on the newspaper which Allie sees. She starts to get cold feet and journeys back to Seabrook only to end up at the house that Noah restored.

They see each other face to face again and all the feelings come rushing back. She ends up spending the night with Noah and gets caught by her mother who chastises her at first, only to show Allie that she use to be in the same position as her. She too fell in love with someone who was poor, but married rich. She eventually gives Allie the letters Noah wrote that she had kept hidden away from Allie because she thought she was doing what’s best for her daughter. Noah gives a big monologue about how Allie can’t keep living her life doing what everyone else wants and not do what she wants. He tells her how much he loves her and reminds us of the character he’s always been. That he persevered and knew what he wanted in life which is to be with her. Allie still hasn’t changed through the years and so Noah gives her an ultimatum telling her that he doesn’t care what she decides, he just wants her to do it because that is her choice, no one elses’.

The movie goes back to the elderly couple reading the story and we come to learn that they are Noah and Allie. Allie has Alzheimer’s and Noah continues to read to her their love story every day in hopes that she will remember the love they had again. Older Allie realizes this is the story about them and regains her memories for a short amount of time. We see that Allie ends up choosing Noah and they have children and grow old together. The most powerful scene of all is that they end up dying together in their sleep holding hands. It goes to show that love is unconditional and has no obstacles.

The way Noah loves Allie is supportive and never ending; he has always believed that everything in his life was good enough and that you didn’t need to be a certain social status to achieve the love and happiness. So above all else and despite what everyone tells him, he still remained true to Allie, forever. If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is. So here’s is some words of wisdom from Noah himself; 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 good enough.

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