The Lucky One
Nicholas Sparks, the author of The Lucky One, uses many literary devices and elements throughout the book to help the reader better understand his theme. The main theme is fate or luck. One simple decision or action can seemingly change your fate or luck. Some literary elements and devices that helped shape the theme were the point of view, conflict, symbols, and foreshadowing. The book is written in a third-person omniscient voice. That is, each chapter is written from a specific characters point of view. You only hear the thoughts from that single character. For example, a chapter labeled Thibault would have only his thoughts included. Other characters in that chapter would be as seen by his perspective. This literary device allowed the reader to really get to know each character and feel a connection to them (sometimes positive and sometimes negative). You could almost tell which character voice you were reading about without even looking at the chapter title. Knowing the backstory of the characters helps you to better understand their luck. Conflict is present throughout the book. Logan, the protagonist and main character, experiences man vs. man conflict as well as man vs. self. When he returns from Iraq he isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life. He had found a photo of a woman during his last tour in Iraq that he believes brings him luck. He can’t stop thinking about the woman in the photo and decides he is going to leave Colorado and head to North Carolina to find her. When he arrives, he encounters her ex-husband, a deputy named Keith Clayton, and has a series of man vs. man conflicts with him. The conflict begins with the first meeting and continues to their very last meeting! When he meets Elizabeth Green, the woman in the picture, he finds himself very attracted to her and they soon begin an affair. However, he keeps the picture a secret and doesn’t tell her how he found himself in North Carolina. He struggles...
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