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Agnieszka Wynar 1 Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition September 04, 2008 AP English Lit. SUMMER ASSIGNMENT ASSIGNMENT 1 Reading Log for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving 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 narrator of the story, he writes the story of Owen Meany because thanks to Owen, he believes in God. John begins the story discussing the history of his religious faith as he changed churches (all of Christian faith). He was always a regular churchgoer; but his faith is in God is due to Owen Meany. 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 “Owen said the pressure to confess-as a Catholic-was so great that he’s 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?
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Agnieszka Wynar 2 passed him around the classroom. However, Owen did not care that much. Owen was always in the disadvantage because of his small size. In baseball (a game he loved) he couldn’t really play because he couldn’t hold up the bat, let alone swing it. . 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 John’s mom was standing, hitting her in the head and killing her. The chapter ends with Owen riding away on his bike feeling guilty for killing John’s beautiful mom. CH 2 John introduces his mother as “touchable,” a sexual tension for other man. Even though many wanted to hold her in their arms, she always avoided their touches. John talks about how he never remembers her flirting 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. "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 God’s Appointed, that he had a mission to fulfill and that there was something good behind John mother’s death. There was more to it than just that one unlucky swing. He saved John from going to the army and being sent to Vietnam by advising him to move to Canada so he could
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Agnieszka Wynar 3 Tabitha (Tabby as others called her) met John’s father on that train and the next man she ended up marrying. One day when she came home from her singing lessons she announced to everybody that she has met somebody and that she likes him. John was surprised; his grandmother was in a bigger shock asking many questions about the stranger. Tabby did not explain much because she knew the stranger will show up soon. When he did he was nothing like the others John’s mom dated before. He was
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