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Unformatted text preview: AP English Lit. SUMMER ASSIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT 1 Reading Log for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John I rving Brief summary of chapter One key quote per chapter Insightful comment and a discussion question pertaining to chosen quote CH 1 John Wheelwright is the narr ator of the story, he writes the story of Owen Meany because thanks to Owen he believes in God. John tells the history of his religious faith as he changed churches, but they all were of Christian faith. He was a regular churchgoer; however, he is grateful to Owen for his faith. John tells the story of his childhood. He remembers playing tricks on Owen in his Sunday. Owen was so tiny that the students picked him up and passed him around the classroom, however, Owen did not care much. Owen was always in the disadvantage because of his petite size. I n baseball (a game he loved) he couldnt really play because he couldnt hold up the bat, not even think about swinging. Owen and john became best friends after a while. They spend a lot of time Owen said the pressure to confess-as a Catholic-was so great that hes often made things up in order to be forgiven for them. (pg22) Owen was a true believer and he cherished the Bible. The Bible sees lying as a sin. Owen by making things up in confession was lying, therefore, going against his believes. Confession is only for sinners, why did Owen feel the pressure to confess if he did not commit any sins? together, Johns mother used to drive them around to each others houses. Thats when Owen developed a crush on Johns mom but did not let it interfere with their friendship. One day at a baseball game when they were only 11, Owen finally got to bat. He hit the ball so hard that it flew to the bleachers where Johns mom was standing, hitting her in the head and killing her. The chapter ends with Owen r iding away on his bike feeling guilty for killing Johns beautiful mom. CH 2 John introduces his mother as a sexual tension for other man; he describes her as touchable. Even though many wanted to hold her in their a rms, she always avoided the touches. John talks about how he never remembers her fli rting with other man, but he knows now that she must of have, at least on the Boston & Main train when she was going to her singing lessons. Tabitha (Tabby as others called her) met Johns father on that train and the next man she ended up mar ring. "GOD HAS TAKEN YOUR MOTHER. MY HANDS WERE THE INSTRUMENT. GOD HAS TAKEN MY HANDS. I AM GOD'S INSTRUMENT." Owen believed he was the Gods Appointed, that he had a mission to fulfill and that there was something good behind John mothers death. There was more to it than just that one unlucky swing....
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