Discuss the Postmodernism in The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Consider the basic premise of the work as an example of postmodernism.  The idea of "luck" being the driving force behind the good that happens to Logan is a postmodern construct.  There is no overarching or transcendent explanation, or attempt at one, in the narrative.  Instead, it is this picture and what Logan has experienced in his own sense of self as a part of it.  This is where one sees Postmodern tenets evident.  Along these lines, it is interesting to see that the Iraq War is, itself, a Postmodern exercise.  The war is shown to lack all sense of structure and understanding that the picture has about as much meaning as "the mission" there.  Logan is shown to be someone who able to ascribe success to the picture's relevance as opposed to some transcendent, patriotic, and nationalist purpose.  The picture might have even more meaning than the war itself, demonstrating a Postmodern notion of deconstruction.  The fact that Logan returns from the war and struggles to find his footing in what the social configuration envisions for him is another example of Postmodern search for understanding and meaning.  It becomes highly individual for Logan to backpack across the country to find the source of his luck, and within this another element of deconstruction is evident.  This journey and its searching is understood through his own frame of reference and no one else's, demonstrating the Postmodern commitment to disintegration and the emergence of the individual's embrace of it.  I think that the reaction that Elizabeth has towards hearing Logan's story is also an example of the Postmodern rejection of that which is seen as standard.  In the traditional understanding of love and romance, she would be smitten with what he has done for her.  Rather, she rejects him initially and brands him as a stalker, revealing the Postmodern understanding that traditional archetypes of issues such as love might be altered in the Postmodern landscape.


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