Junior Research Paper
Has an image of something that appeared to be real but in reality it was not there? Has the thought of judging someone came to mind, but that judgment was not true? Our society revolves around what people think about themselves and others. In the book, The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, he develops the theme, appearance and reality, in variety of scenarios people could not image. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s beloved storytellers (Sparks). He was born on December 31, 1965, in Omaha, Nebraska, and now he is currently living with his five children and wife, Catherine, in North Carolina (“Wedding, The” 331). In 1985, he broke the school track record for the four by eight hundred relay in track in his freshmen year at Notre Dame and later on he was offered a full track scholarship (‘Nicholas Sparks Biography”). He started trying out hand writing after he suffered from an injury that was in track. After he tried some different careers, he co-wrote a novel with Billy Mills Wokini named, A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (“Nicholas Sparks”). Later on while living in North Carolina, he wrote the novel, The Notebook, which garnered a widespread recognition for Sparks. Someone said, “Nicholas Sparks follows up his beloved bestseller The Notebook with a touching novel about one man’s attempt to saving a failed marriage” (BookPage). His novel, Message in a Bottle, was inspired by the tragic death of his mother in 1989 in a horseback riding accident. Later on in 1996, his father died in a prematurely in a car accident. Spark’s younger sister, Danielle, died of brain cancer, but before she died, he was inspired to write the novel, A Walk to Remember. Since Sparks and his brother, Michah, had been through so many family tragedies, they wrote a fiction novel about their around-the world trip which helped them with their emotional pain and struggle (“Wedding, The” 331). The Wedding is about a man, Wilson Lewis, living in New Bern who forgot about his and his wife, Jane, 29th anniversary, and she became very upset with him. During the days, Wilson would think about their relationship how to get Jane to love him the way she did when they were younger. Every week, he would visit Jane’s dad, Noah married to Allie Calhoun from The Notebook (“Wedding, The” 330), at the retirement center. When Wilson visits Noah, they talk about how everyone is doing and Wilson would ask Noah for some advice. Throughout the novel, Noah collapses and has heart attacks, but after staying in the hospital for a little while, his health goes back to normal. Reaching towards the climax, Jane and Wilson’s oldest daughter, Anna, stops by the house and announces that she is getting married (“Wedding, The” 330), but the only day she can get married is on her parent’s 30th anniversary. After Wilson and Jane agreed to the marriage, Anna and Jane had one week to plan the weeding and Anna let her mother choose all the decorations and items for the wedding. On the day of the wedding, everything was setup perfectly, but when Jane saw Anna not wearing the wedding dress, she was confused. So Anna told her that the wedding was not for her, it was for Jane. The first scenario of appearance and reality in The Wedding is Noah and Allie’s mythic relationship (“Wedding, The” 337). About a month after Allie had died, Noah would sit at his desk rereading the letters that he and Allie had written to each other over the years or going through Leaves of Grass. When Wilson finally got Noah out of his room, they went to the pond in the morning. Wilson, brought Noah to the bench, and that morning was the first time they saw the swan (Sparks 153). The swan towards them, and Noah thought that they should have brought some bread with them so they could feed that swan. The next time Wilson came back to visit Noah, he was not in his room; instead, he was at the pond. He seemed to have become fond of the swan and somehow became...
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