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A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks uses a numerous amount literary elements to create this heart throbbing phenomenon. Sparks uses foreshadowing to create clues to what will happen later on in the novel. “Jamie, sometimes in life there are times when we will laugh and other times when we will cry” (Sparks 77). Landon Carter the main character says this to Jamie foreshadowing the loving relationship that will develop between the two. Irony took part in this book as well.
Landon tells Jamie, “Jamie, I promise I will not fall in love with you.
Now will you go to homecoming with me? ” (Sparks 44). It’s quite ironic that he mentions that to Jamie because that’s exactly what he ends up doing. “As I watched the snow melt, and the fresh essence of spring coming through the air, i realized the most precious thing of all… life” (Sparks 278). Landon realizes that life goes on, even during the coldest times. “… Casting a prism of light across the slowly darkening water, splitting itself in to a thousand different parts, each more beautiful than the last” (Sparks 216).
Landon describes this breath taking sunset at the lake in a perfect sequence of words using imagery. This next quote describes Landon’s feelings of fear and hurt he has when he finds out about Jamie’s leukemia. He describes himself as, “The blood drained from my face and a sheet of dizzying images fluttered through my mind” (Sparks 292). 57 year old Landon Carter narrates the past of his 17 year old self, from when his life changed drastically.
The antagonist and the protagonist of the story is Landon himself. At 17 he was at war with himself to find out who he really was, and who he really wanted to be.
This conflict is resolved when Landon if forced to participate in a Christmas play at the town church where his character plays the conductor of an orchestra who is looking for this mystery, music making, girl with the voice of an angel. That girl, is Jamie, the pastors daughter. During there rehearsals Landon finds himself infatuated with Jamie. Jamie brings a whole new light and perspective to Landon’s life. When Landon confesses his love for Jamie, Jamie gets upset because she has to tell him she is sick with leukemia and she has less than a year to live.
Landon is angry that their time together is limited, but he still finds himself falling for her more and more everyday. Landon Carter is the popular punk in High School. His foolish ways face him with consequences of an “after school” activity in a play at the local church. Out first Landon acts stubborn and unreliable. Of course when he lays eyes on Jamie he has need to know her more. A need to get inside her life. All Landon wants is to find out who he really is, to uncover his purpose. When he wasn’t looking, that purpose found him in the most peculiar place of all, inside Jamie’s heart.
In A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks, it tells a story about a 17 year old who searches for his purpose, and ends up finding love. This romance is a must read. It starts off a little slow but once it gets going, you will not want to put the book down. Not only is it about love but it is also a tragedy. It’s a book that gives you hope in life, puts tears in your eyes, and a smile on your face. A Walk To Remember is a heart wrenching novel! Landon Carter can be described as a perfect character. Someone who was unreliable, a punk, and then turns out to be the most amazing guy ever.
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