Irving uses a non-linear plot style to tell the story of Owen’s life, accomplishing two things: he gives a reader insight into the mental state of John Wheelwright and its slow digression, and makes a reader experience events not in the order that they occurred but rather in the order of recollection. By accomplishing these two things, Irving develops a biographical and believable plot that has unbelievable suspense; as a reader does not get key details of setting and plot until later in the book.
Owen Meany is setup as a Christ analogue in the text (Peterson). Irving makes this obvious by offsetting Owen’s speech in all caps, similar to how most translations of the Bible offset Jesus’ speech in red. He is an unlikely hero in the lives of those around him, both directly and indirectly. Even not considering the penultimate scene of Owen’s sacrifice, he is cl...
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