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The existence of fate is an ongoing controversy John Irving when writing A Prayer for Owen Meany gives the audience many encounters with fate to try to sway their opinions However he does not force it on the audience merely educates them in the miracles that could happen and lets them decide for themselves Owen not only believed his life was fated but that he is an instrument of God who is there to carry out Gods will His own experiences were obviously believed by him to be fated and the tragedy of Johns mother was supposed to occur He was an indirect but integral part of the fates of others as well including John Hester and Dan Despite Owens belief that life is fated he believes he must actively pursue that future Everything he or anyone else does has a reason for happening and that God intends it Owens visions of his future were seen as not only assurance but also guidelines to living his life Throughout his life people who were only partially religious or at least felt they had to be surrounded him This negativity toward God never dampened Owens faith and it became stronger all the time His belief in fate led him to Phoenix initially thought to be Vietnam where his dream became a reality ITS NOT THAT I WANT TO GO TO VIETNAM -- ITS WHERE I HAVE TO GO ITS WHERE IM A HERO IVE GOT TO BE THERE THE WAY YOU KNOW SOME THINGS--YOUR OBLIGATIONS YOUR DESTINY OR YOUR FATE THE WAY YOU KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO Irving 1989 471 Some would question if in fact this was his true fate or if he created it himself Irving likely put this question in the novel to let his audience know that fate is questionable and mysterious Even with its mysteries it has its believers and they have all the proof they need Aside
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