The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is a very believable story with believable conflict throughout. The main conflict is Allie having to decide if the love and passion she had for Noah as a teen was still there and if it was stronger than the love she had for her fiancé, Lon. “’But I also want a happy ending without hurting anyone. And I know that if I stayed, people would be hurt. I wasn’t lying when I told you that I love him. He doesn’t make me feel the same way you do, but I care for him…’”. She knew who she loved more; there was no doubt, but what would the people that she cared so much about think if she chose to be with Noah? “’...I wanted two things. First, I want you. I want us. I love you and I always have…’” The conflict makes this story move along.
Dialogue is used in The Notebook to make the story more believable, also. The dialogue is very realistic. It sounds like a normal, flowing conversation with real emotion. “’Do you love Lon?’ ‘Yes, I do. I love him, too. Dearly, but in a different way. He doesn’t make me feel the way Noah does.’ ‘No one will ever do that,’ her mother said, and she released Allie’s hand.” The dialogue makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. It is heartfelt and clever.
The point of view in The Notebook is third-person omniscient. The author lets you know what the characters are thinking or feeling through dialogue and thought. Nicholas Sparks paints a picture with his dialogue almost as well as he does with his Imagery.
Imagery is a key element in this story because it keeps you entertained. It paints a picture for you to see in your mind. “Peaceful silence descended on them. An osprey cried somewhere in the distance. A mullet splashed near the bank. The paddle moved rhythmically, causing baffles that rocked the boat ever so lightly. The breeze had stopped, and the clouds grew blacker as the canoe moved toward some unknown destination.”...