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In the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving the character of Owen Meany makes a significant impact on the narrator John Wheelwright throughout the novel Early in the novel Owen claims to be an instrument of God and that he is to carry out a special mission before he dies He also claims to know the exact date of his death Nearly no one believes Owen when he insists that he knows all of these supposedly known facts Owen is Johns best friend and retains a strong friendship with John throughout his life After Owen dies on the date that he knew that he was going to die on his presence is still felt and heard by John John would give anything to have Owen in his life again physically Owen will continue to be with John for the rest of Johns life in a spiritual sense guiding John along in his life similar to how God is with one spiritually through ones life Owens apparent strong presence throughout the novel provides helpful answers to John and resolves any confusion for the reader Owen is a symbol of God in a way because when a person is in need of help or just wants a friend he often will pray to God or practice a type of religion or faith to believe in Often this strong faith will help the person become stronger and help them find the answers to various questions in life This strong sense of faith can also be aided by reminders from the God to let that person know that the God loves trusts believes and will help that person Owen represents a God to John because John has such an immense faith in Owen that Owen in return provides John his best friend with continuous help throughout his life as well as the answers to important questions Although Owen had to carry out the unfortunate mission
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