Essay about How Owen Meany is Directly Compared to Jesus Christ
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How Owen Meany is Directly Compared to Jesus Christ
Throughout the novel “a prayer for Owen Meany,” by John Irving, the main character is portrayed as a very religious martyr. In the Christian faith Jesus Christ is a martyr as well. Although there are many differences between the life of Jesus, as depicted in the bible and Owen Meany, there are many similarities as well, so many in fact, that the reader is forced to ponder if these similarities are intentional.
Jesus Christ was a miracle birth: he was born from a virgin.
“The virgin will be with child and she will give birth to a son” - Matthew 1:23
To be born from virgin makes the child blessed because the mother is then untouched and pure. Owen Meany…show more content…
They were also both given an opportunity to escape this fate. In fact Peter asks Jesus to run from the Roman’s, to which Jesus replies “it is God’s will for me to die.” Similarly Hester begs Owen to not go to Vietnam, saying they could instead move to Canada and live there for the rest of their lives. Owen instead refuses, prepared to meet the plan God intended for him. This act of not running makes both Jesus and Owen a martyr; both having died to save people, both dying as well for their faith, both putting all their trust in God.
His best friend tells the retelling of Owen’s life: John. John’s faith is kindled after the martyr death of Owen, and John is inspired to chronicle Owen’s life. Owen met John when John hadn’t made any positive declaration of his faith; his faith changed as his family did, and his belief in the church was sketchy at best. Owen, meanwhile, had absolute trust in God. Whenever John would talk about random chance, Owen would be angered, and instead call it “God’s will.” But when Owen’s life ends, John’s faith is rekindled, and he becomes a devout Anglican. In the Bible, John was a Jesus’ first deciple and best friend to Jesus. The bible depicts that John didn’t have absolute faith in God, but he had faith in Jesus, which was why he followed him. But when Jesus is crucified John sees this miracle and converts to Christianity himself. As well, John is inspired to