"The Cider House Rules" and Other John Irving Novels Analytical Essay by sey

"The Cider House Rules" and Other John Irving Novels
An analysis of the arguments created by John Irving in his novels "A Prayer for Owen Meany," "The World According to Garp." and "The Cider House Rules."
# 23076 | 5,245 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper considers how John Irving's novels are challenging, infuriating and fascinating by examining three of them, particularly "The Cider House Rules," but also "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The World According to Garp." It shows how each of the major themes in each of the books leads to one or more particular argument that the author is endeavoring to make. It discusses how the themes range from activism to abortion to religion to love and how John Irving uses epic novels spanning lifetimes to bring these themes for the forefront of the reader's consciousness.

From the Paper:

"The Cider House Rules is a complex study of love, duty, and life. John Irving's strong beliefs shine through every facet of the novel. The story and characters are so multi-faceted and the narrative so sweeping, that every argument is impossible to fully exhaust in one paper. However, the main themes permeate the entire work. Abortion, love, duty, and life experience envelope the lives of both Homer Wells and Dr. Larch. The author attempts and largely succeeds in imparting the importance of these values to the audience."

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