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What is the political context of The Lucky One?

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I think that one of the most profound elements of Sparks' work is that it suggests that within the political context of the war in Iraq, there is little in way of structure.  The fact that Logan can believe that the picture represents luck only highlights how random the life of the U.S. Soldier in Iraq is and was.  Logan has little else to explain how he was able to be so fortunate in surviving when so many did not.  He escapes the brutal element of skirmishes, of roadside bombs, and of the embodiment of guerrilla warfare.  He is able to do this because he believes in the picture, or is led to believe in its lucky qualities.  Luck and a sense of chance are all that dominate the condition in Iraq.  The political context of war's random nature is highlighted by the fact that Victor suggests the picture is lucky.  Logan does not repudiate such logic with an affirmation of United States policy or through spiritual or religious identity.  Logan has little idea of why things are working out for him in a setting where so little else works out for so many.  This is a statement of the political context that soldiers in Iraq faced.  It is for this reason that Logan is able to believe in the picture's qualities, something that would be openly disputed had there been some type of overarching plan or sense of order to the construction of war.  Logan's embrace of something so random speaks to the political context of war, in this case the war in Iraq, in how there is little configuration or structure.  There is only chance and a sense of luck that permeates the soldier's chances of living.

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