t just relationships between Allie and Noah, but also between Allie and Lon—Lon is the more suitable husband for her, according to the dictates of conventional wisdom and society. “Interactionists focus on the subjective aspects of social life, rather than on objective, macro-structural aspects of social systems. One reason for this focus is that interactionists base their theoretical perspective on their image of humans, rather than on their image of society (as the functionalists do)” (Symbolic, 2010). Allie struggles against society, represented by her parents, who are constantly giving the symbolic message that Noah is not good enough for her. It can be also argued that Noah’s romantic preoccupation with Allie over the years (the hundreds of letters, the obsession with fixing up the house for her even when she’s gone, etc.) is also representative of symbolic interactionism, in terms of the symbols and roles given to men in order to express their love. The house which Noah restores and builds also acts as a literal symbol in the movie: it stands for his struggle in role fulfillment, going from working class to the propertied class.
Differences exist between Noah and Allie in class, as well in their background and upbringing. They do fall in love. Despite this, differences do still also exist in the general roles and communication styles expected of them. Of course, every family is unique, so to form the impression of sameness and difference in a general overall national or cultural pattern, this review can easily use a symbolic interaction point of view to examine Noah and Allie’s relationship. “Symbolic interactionism refers to giving meaning to the apparent language-based (or symbolic) interactions that occur between individuals. According to symbolic interactionism, social roles, such as being a father, are linked to societal expectations that influence the behaviors” (Symbolic, 2005). From this view, family structures are not stable