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"A prayer for Owen Meany". Owen Meany is familiar with smoking and simple boyish behavior, however he possess what others utterly lack: firm and unflagging belief in the existence of God

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Introduction

Owen Meany is one of the most fascinating characters in the story; natural tiny size of his body, but biggest soul and fortitude are harmonically combined in this character. He is thus the representation of the natural and supernatural, the holiness and mystery. Owen Meany is so light, that all his classmates could lift him up, so wise, that he could foretell his fate and so clumsy, that one awkward baseball shot, made by Owen killed his best friend's mother. Developing a Christ-like character, John Irving does not intend to reach perfection and idealism: Owen Meany is familiar with smoking and simple boyish behavior, however he possess what others utterly lack: firm and unflagging belief in the existence of God, who charged him with special mission. ...read more.

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Similarly to Jesus, Owen ultimately forfeits his own life for the good of others. Equally important is that Owen was able to build up his character and become respected, esteemed and admired in the American society. He concealed knowledge, wisdom and light and sacred mind. Owen was a treasure for people, a rare godly creation, ceasing to live, like crucified Christ. Owen was in direct communication with God; he was born to serve a special purpose, accomplish his duty and pass away right after. Why was Owen Meany endowed with such destiny? This is what makes the novel so special and unusual. "Into paradise may the angels lead you." ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout the book, I could vividly visualize Owen as a Christ-like figure with angel's wings on his back. The reason is that Owen Meany perfectly fitted in this role. Irving greatly portrayed Owen, giving him an appropriate appearance, suitable actions and personality. I believe that John Irving's goal to show Owen Meany as a Christ figure was successfully attained. Jesus , itself is a heroic and brave man with mighty good deeds and Owen Meany, likely to Christ remains a hero in the novel. According to the fact that Jesus was sent to give his believers eternal life, Owen Meany served as a saver of human's lives. There were constant comparisons of Owen to Jesus, which proove the idea that Owen is an "Instrument of God". I find this idea quite comprehensible and realistic. ...read more.

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