John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany", Analytical Essay by The Research Group

John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany",
This paper discusses the use of symbols (baseball, armadillo and angel) to tie togetherJ ohn Irving's novel, "A Prayer for Owen Meany".
# 21645 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 05, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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"John Irving, in his novel, "A Prayer for Owen Meany", uses several symbols to move the story along. The most powerful is the foul ball that Owen Meany hits in his last season of Little League. This happens in the first chapter. Owen Meany, the smallest boy in the community and the best friend of Johnny Wheelwright, comes up to bat just when Johnny's mother, Tabitha, is walking by the field. With her back to home plate and while she is standing near third base, she catches someone's eye in the bleacher seats and waves. Owen swings and hits a foul--with a loud crack to the bat. The sound attracts Tabitha's wandering attention. She turns to see who hit such a ball--and it hits her in her left temple, killing her instantly.

Although Owen is filled with remorse, everyone agrees that it was a terrible accident and not his fault. Yet there is the ... "

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