What role is the does the following postmodern element of increased self- reflection play in The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks?

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

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The increased self- reflection in Logan's character is reflective of the Postmodern critique of established totality.  Logan is engaged in increased self reflection regarding the picture he finds and its relation to him.  Logan does not capitulate to a transcendent notion of the good to explain the presence of the portrait and what it means.  Rather, he clearly identifies its meaning to him as a result of increased self- reflection.  In the absence of an external answer, he provides one internally.  This becomes his basic understanding of the picture's meaning to him.  His designation of it as merely "lucky" is something that acquires greater meaning to him as a result of increased self- reflection upon his return back home when he decides to go across the country to find the woman in the picture.  Increasing self- reflection becomes Logan's form of critique against established modes of totalizing thought.  In the process, Logan's character demonstrates the ability to "influence the future in a way that seems coincidental," according to Sparks.  In this process, this becomes a mode of Postmodern thought evident in the novel's characterization of its protagonist.

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