Literary Analysis: The Last Song
“Life…was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile” (Sparks 391). The novel The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks has a deep meaning and a life lesson to it that relates a lot in today’s society, says most people who have read the book in the past. This novel is a long journey made up of family problems. Ronnie, the teenage daughter, hits a road block in life with her dad Steve, whom she is mad at for walking out on the family, when he develops a deadly illness. She ignored her dad for three years, then her mom decided it would be good idea for Ronnie and Jonah, Ronnie’s little brother, to spend the summer with their dad. Ronnie did not like this idea at all, but learned in the long run there was a reason behind it all. The relationship Ronnie and her dad had together can be seen in many perspectives; it all depends on the situation at hand.
This story tugs at the heartstrings because it is so similar to situations that fills today’s society (Formy-Duval). Before the divorce, Ronnie and her dad had one thing in common: music. They would compose songs together all the time. The piano was kind of their serenity place where they could go and spend some quality father-daughter time together, and it was something they both enjoyed doing. After the divorce, Ronnie gave up on both composing and playing. She figured there was no use for it anymore. Her thoughts came to pass that if her dad gave up on the family then it was okay for her to give up on playing. Ronnie ignored and rejected her dad for three years and got into many different kinds of trouble; she was even thrown in jail for shop lifting at one point. That summer Ronnie had a change of heart and started to regret ignoring her dad for all those years. Someone once said, “You never know what you got til it’s gone.” Ronnie...
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