2.9 reading response 3: Me Before You

“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.” – Will Traynor Me before you”

Jojo Moyes’s character Louisa Clark is brought to live in the novel ‘me before you’ that follows the irresistible Lou through one of the most memorable and important times in her life. Jojo Moyes portrays Louisa Clark as a  fashionista, funky and quirky young woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. Lou and her humorous yet touching interactions with quadriplegic Will Traynor and nurse Nathan highlight her humanity and desire to fully live her life. As Lou is exposed to the lifestyle of the paraplegic, she maintains her integrity and discovers that the benefits of living cannot guarantee real happiness. Moyes’s many readers will be enlighted by the humour, realistic and well-developed characters such as Will Traynor and Nathan as well as Louisa herself.

The message Jojo Moyes continues to portray in her novel is to live boldly! The first novel Me before you is a moving and emotional novel also created into a film which tells of how a young lady named Louisa Clarke takes up the job of looking after and brightening the spirits of a young paralyzed man named Will Trainer. It is a funny, creative and exciting film that will have you laughing and crying at the same time.

Will was a young business executive and extreme sports enthusiast whose life was forever changed two years earlier when he was hit by a motorcycle while crossing the street, leaving him almost completely paralyzed. Will is filled with resentfulness, he has an unfriendly attitude over losing his once-wonderful life. He also struggles with chronic pain and finds little joy in existing anymore.  Lou has never fully lived; Will has, but no longer can. In Lou, Will discovers an unexpected outlet for his energies: teaching her how to exert her own individualism. “You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are not that sort of person ” he scolds her. “You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?” Frustrated by her inaction, he rails “Promise me you won’t spend the rest of your life stuck around this bloody parody of a placemat.” “Then tell me where I should go,” Lou replies. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Lou then learns the truth about why she was hired as Will made his mother promise to take him to an assisted suicide facility in six months to end his life after a previous suicide attempt. Lou is intended to be a ray of sunshine to dispel the storm clouds that lend to Wills sagging spirits and boost his desire to live. Lou is set on making Will happy and changing his mind about his decision by heading to the racetrack, taking him to a Mozart concert, accompanying him to his ex fiances and ex best friends wedding and going on a swoony trip to Mallorca were they both find love, But love wasn’t the cure to Wills decision,  Before his death, Will writes Lou a letter that specifically requests that it only be opened while Lou is at a Paris café. So she goes. The letter says that Will has left Lou a small amount of money so she can go back to school and follow her dreams. It also expresses Will’s sadness at causing her pain, though he hopes that she will emerge from the other end of her grief as a better person. Will tells her to “live boldly”  “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

The character i liked most in the film Me Before You written by Jojo Moyes was Louisa Clarke/Ms Clarke. lou taught me that anything is possible if you can believe in it, Louisa had a high desire of determination to succeed at connecting to the other main character Will Trainer. Louisa was a very outgoing, funky, stay at home character who enjoyed a quiet life. I enjoyed reading about Louisa because she was kind, she gave more to her job than she was asked to and was a fun character to read, she wore funky clothes, always had a bright smile and always wore her heart on her sleeve.

In the novel the setting made me realize how beautiful other parts of the world can be. The novel was set in the countryside of england on a family’s castle estate surrounded by a village with beautiful gardens and lovely scenery. In one part of the novel they go up to the castle and look down at the grounds below and imaged life in a different way. That is when i realised that life can be hard but there are many good points to living and that the world is beautiful even if your looking at it in a different way like Will Traynor did.

“Clarke this is my decision” Will Trainer decided to end his life by his own choice with support by his family and a medical team in switzerland. “I gave them six months” Will was a very persistent person and kept to his decision to end his life in spite of the feelings of his family and the one he loved. I think this relates to euthanasia know as the practice of intentionally ending one’s own life in order to relieve pain and suffering, in some countries there is a divisive public controversy over the moral, ethical, and legal issues of euthanasia which is being discussed around the world. Will decided to end his own life due to emotional and physical pain from being paralyzed and being in a wheelchair and the thought of the past and the experiences he insured.

Throughout the novel Jojo moyes makes the readers continuously think and refer back to Will Traynor and his message of “live boldly” despite not being mentioned at certain times this makes me as the  reader think about  the reality of the way thousands of people living with disabilities live and feel shown by Will, as well as the anxieties and holdbacks everyone experience in there life shown by louisa.  

The idea the novel Me Before You i believe portrayed is you can still take a chance even though you might lose. Louisa Clarke knew she was going to lose the life she was dreaming of by losing Will but she still took a chance at loving him. This taught me that even though you might lose you should still take a chance at trying cause you never know what might happen.

I really enjoyed reading the novel Me Before You and looking through the eyes of the characters. It was a very moving, and emotional novel filled with laughter, and a lot of tears that brought the charatiritcs of the charators alive and made us as the reader feel theres emotions!

“ you only get one life, It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”- Will Traynor Me Before You

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