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Defining Moment in A Prayer for Owen Meany In some cases one event or revelation has the power to change a story or even a life In A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving there is an incredible series of many defining events Due to the supernatural and spiritual nature of the novel turning points and incredible events are nearly commonplace Many ideas and concepts conveyed by Owen are crucial to the heart of the story and the meaning contained within Of all the insightful realizations and defining moments that confront the reader while progressing through story one of the most outstanding is Owens vision during a play in the winter of 1953 Owen had always believed in the strong presence of fate in every aspect of life He repeatedly preached that every action and decision has a divine purpose Everything is carefully coordinated and planned to intertwine precisely According to Owen There were no accidents p 102 He claimed that if something were thrown off course or disrupted it would find a way to occur anyway An example of this is when Own scares away the angle of death from the bedside of Tabby He had DISTURBED AN ANGEL AT WORK he had UPSET THE SCHEME OF THINGSp 102 In return the angel assigned the death of Tabby Wheelwright to Owen himself later being accomplished by an accidental baseball Based on these events we realize as a reader that Owen has spiritual views on life and his faith is strong He is a fatalist who can convince himself that everything has a purpose This though is the extent of our insight into Owens divine predestination It takes upcoming events for us to begin to realize that Owen Meany is so much more than a mere boy with strong beliefs As the featured role in two holiday performances Owen Meany receives great recognition in December of 1953
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