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In most cases it is impossible to know the future however the past can often be just as bewildering John Irving conveys this to us through his character Owen in A Prayer for Owen Meany In this novel we hear the tale of Owen Meanys life through the stories of his best friend John Wheelwright John often questions the past and its meaning and has trouble making peace with events that occurred during his childhood Because of this he is uninvolved in his current life and unable to let go of what has happened Troubles with letting go of the past are common and although it may seem hard to forgive and forget sometimes it may be the best way to let go When one has trouble letting go of the past it is necessary for them to let go and focus on the present in order to create a better futureAlthough John has trouble getting stuck in the past Owen finds himself often looking towards the future This is demonstrated when Owen lands the part of the Ghost of Christmas Future in the nativity pageant As Owen tries to assuage Mr Morrison to embrace his part as the ghost of Christmas future he declares YOU SHOW A MAN HIS OWN GRAVE WHAT COULD BE SCARIER THAN THAT Irving 194 and YOU KNOW EVERYTHING YET TO COME Irving 195 This is a clever use of foreshadowing by Irving Unbeknownst to the readers at this point Owen will see his own grave on the night of the pageant and later in the book it is described that he knew everything yet to come Owen steals the show as the ghost of Christmas future and demonstrates the epitome of fear even causing Maureen Early to wet her pants twice In contrast John is often extremely apathetic towards the future while showing a strong connection to the past and an inability to move forward The difference between these
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