A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks Essay

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Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember is a classic “coming-of-age” novel that is a simple enough read to allow high school students to relate to the storyline. When Landon Carter finally accepts his feelings for Jamie, who has helped him become a better person in more ways that either of them know of, he reaches the pinnacle of his transformation from a troubled and resentful teenager into a respectful and selfless young man. A text included on a required reading list for high school students should have a theme that allows them to relate to the characters, to figuratively put themselves in their shoes and feel as if they are part of the story. It should also develop the students’ moral compass and teach them a valuable lesson that will help …show more content…
The decisions that come to matter most in life are those made by listening to one’s heart. Landon Carter struggles to change from someone who thinks logically to someone who feels and listens to his heart, but as he spends more time with Jamie, he realizes that what logic has lead him to believe about her is not necessarily what is true. He has known a couple of facts about her his whole life, based on which he assumes she is nothing special. Landon assumes at first that she carries her Bible around because of her beliefs but he comes to find out that the true reason she carries it is because it makes her feel closer to her mother, who was the previous owner of the Bible. “I miss my mom too, she said… It was the first time I’d ever considered that Jamie and I might have something in common.” (p. 115). As he takes the time to get to know her better, he learns to give his heart a chance and take a risk. In life, there are circumstances that require someone to rely purely on logic, or purely their hearts but on most occasions one has the option to choose whether to act rationally or to go with what their heart tells them. High school students are often reluctant to voice their opinions for fear of being wrong, but with this book they don’t have to decide between relying on their heart as opposed to thinking logically.

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