The Notebook Thesis Paper

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Natasha Lozano Dr. Martin English 1301 04 Nov. 2014 Sense of Control and Its Fateful Role in Living, and Dying, “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks American Poet Paul Aster, with simple words, shed’s wisdom on the realities of life: “The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we're not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence” (1-6). Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” sheds light on this wisdom with control being a major underlying theme that ultimately lies at the roots of all of the major points of conflict throughout the novel. A lack of one’s sense of control, or “locus of control” can not only affect an individual’s quality of life, but actually effect a person’s chances of survival, researchers believe. Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine provides the following insight: “From an evolutionary standpoint, if we are in control of our environment, then we have a far better chance of survival. Our deep subconscious mind thus gives us strong biochemical prods when we face some kind of danger (such as the fight-or-flight reaction)” Control is so much deeper, and significant than not getting things the way we want in life. Locus of control is a necessity not only for balance and order, but as research shows, even an essential for survival. Dr. Siegel defines “locus of control” for us in his own words: “There is a principle of locus of control whereby we tend to attribute control in our lives either internally (I have control) or externally (others control my life). People with an internal locus of control are more proactive and self-motivated. External attribution leads more to passivity and belief in fate or luck.” (Siegel) Early on in the novel as we are getting to know Noah

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