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The existence of fate is an ongoing controversy John Irving when writing APrayer for Owen Meany gives the audience many encounters with fate to try tosway their opinions However he does not force it on the audience merelyeducates them in the miracles that could happen and lets them decide forthemselves Owen not only believed his life was fated but that he is aninstrument of God who is there to carry out Gods will His own experiences wereobviously believed by him to be fated and the tragedy of Johns mother wassupposed to occur He was an indirect but integral part of the fates of othersas well including John Hester and DanDespite Owens belief that life is fated he believes he must actively pursuethat future Everything he or anyone else does has a reason for happening andthat God intends it Owens visions of his future were seen as not onlyassurance but also guidelines to living his life Throughout his life peoplewho were only partially religious or at least felt they had to be surroundedhim This negativity toward God never dampened Owens faith and it becamestronger all the time His belief in fate led him to Phoenix initially thoughtto be Vietnam where his dream became a reality ITS NOT THAT I WANT TO GO TOVIETNAM -- ITS WHERE I HAVE TO GO ITS WHERE IM A HERO IVE GOT TO BETHERE THE WAY YOU KNOW SOME THINGS--YOUR OBLIGATIONS YOUR DESTINY OR YOURFATE THE WAY YOU KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO Irving 1989 471 Some wouldquestion if in fact this was his true fate or if he created it himself Irvinglikely put this question in the novel to let his audience know that fate isquestionable and mysterious Even with its mysteries it has its believers andthey have all the proof they need Aside from his fate Owen believed he is aninstrument of God He believes this because of Tabbys fate but also because heis fated to save
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