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As author John Irving might suggest we live in a dangerous world Irving always warns his children of danger and admits The World According to Garp is a novel about being careful and about that not being enough Garp Afterword Irresponsible adventures plagued Jenny TS Garp Walt and nearly every other character in Garp At first they believe the outcomes will be insignificant--a cough perhaps--but they led to the Under Toad of maiming and death This novel deals with the fear and unfamiliarity of death and warns us about the future TS Garp lost a part of his ear to Bonkers the dog at age five He carelessly ignored the dogs history of violent outbursts In one instance Bonkers had mangled a volleyball and then bit deeply into the forearm of the boy who tried to retrieve the ball Yet as Bonkers approached Garp Garp did not prevent the dog from hurling his body on him Garps wounds eventually healed and his hair covered his damaged ear but he retaliated against Bonkers years later Garps biting of the dogs ear infuriated the Percy family The desire for revenge overwhelmed his ability to rationalize As Garp grew older he became more aware of danger Garps fearlessness was evident as a young boy when he captured a pigeon with a lacrosse stick on the Steering roof After being stuck in the gutter Garp narrowed his idea of safety to life on the ground He had been four stories above where the world was safe 38 With cars speeding down his neighborhood streets Garp felt obligated to warn drivers to slow down By then Garp believed that as long as he was in control he was safe For example in Garps dream Duncan flew out of the airplane door because Garp does not lead him to the proper door In another instance of Garps insistence on control his story Vigilance details his car chasing and crime
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