Analysis Of John Irving 's ' The Fate God '

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Everyday people lose something in one way or the other and for most of the things, they don’t ponder on the importance of the things lost. Throughout the novel, John Irving depicts different unique objects that has either has no arms or has lost their arms. The armadillo, Tabitha’s dressmaker dummy, his swaddled body, and Mary Magdalene’s statue are symbolically omen for Owen. Of all the objects, the Watahantowet’s familiar totem was greatest message from God to Owen for that it appeared in the beginning and in the end. In the fate God has prepared for him, Owen learns the true meaning of loss through various encounters with armless objects because each teaches him a thing about loss. The curious armadillo may be small, but losing a part of it meant something important is lost in Johnny and Owen’s childhood. Before the death of Tabitha’s, Johnny allows Owen to borrow the armadillo, but afterward, Owen unexpectedly returns the armadillo without claws. As Dan says, “We’ve lost a part of ourselves” (86). Johnny and Owen lose the innocence of children and the positive and humorous attitude toward matters around them. Also their relationship as friends becomes a bit pull apart. To Owen, the claws are a way to express his belief: “GOD HAS TAKEN YOUR MOTHER. MY HANDS WERE THE INSTRUMENT. GOD HAS TAKEN MY HANDS. I AM GOD’S INSTRUMENT” (87). Despite the fact that Owen may be used by God, Owen takes off the “arms” of the armadillo to show that he’s sorry and that he will never be

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