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A Prayer For Owen Meany Essay

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During my junior year of high school, I read A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Before then I had enjoyed reading, but it had never been more to me than a source of entertainment, similar to watching TV. However, the ingenious, miniscule symbols and nuances about the book forever changed the way I look at literature. Throughout the book, Irving subtly compares Owen Meany (a tiny, strange boy with an extremely high voice) to Jesus. At one point, he plays Jesus in a Christmas pageant. His parents even believe (and try to convince him) that he was a virgin birth, much like Jesus was according to the Bible. More subtly, his friend John Wheelwright frequently uses the exclamation “Jesus!” – but only when he is talking to Owen, almost as though he is addressing him. Owen also plays the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in a play, although he is just referred to as the Ghost of the Future. Later on he has a vision of his own date of death. There are countless other important and significant symbols in the book as well, ranging from an armadillo to…show more content…
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