History Literature / APrayerForOwenMeany

8th Nov '16 3:03:21 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted by Johnny. He is a virgin throughout the entire book, as the events of the novel have "neutered him" in his own words.
29th Jul '16 2:51:51 PM ayjazz
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* CrisisOfFaith: Both Johnny and Rev. Merrill. Johnny claims that the events of the novel are responsible for his faith in God. [[spoiler: And apparently, his doubt in God might be inherited from his father, Rev. Merrill.]]

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* CrisisOfFaith: Both Johnny and Rev. Merrill. Johnny claims that the events of the novel are responsible for his faith in God. [[spoiler: And apparently, his Johnny's doubt in God might be inherited from his father, Rev. Merrill.]]
15th Jan '16 4:18:49 AM Anddrix
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** [[ViewersAreMorons Stupid and/or lazy readers]] who only pay attention to the plots of books and don't see the symbolism.

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** [[ViewersAreMorons Stupid and/or lazy readers]] readers who only pay attention to the plots of books and don't see the symbolism.
19th Dec '15 5:33:10 AM ayjazz
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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Owen, according to Hester.

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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Owen, according to Hester. Owen of course, is too modest to confirm this, and only mildly scolds Hester for being crude.
4th Dec '15 11:35:42 AM Angeldeb82
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted by Johnny. He is a virgin throughout the entire book, as the events of the novel have "neutered him" in his own words.



* {{Anticlimax}}: Deliberately on multiple occasions.

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* {{Anticlimax}}: AntiClimax: Deliberately on multiple occasions.



* BoardingSchool: Owen and Johnny go to one,though Owen is a day student and Johnny lives in a faculty apartment with his stepfather, and watch as a new headmaster begins to turn it into a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. [[spoiler:Owen gets expelled for his resistance, but in the process he gets the headmaster fired]].
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Downplayed. Owen purposely makes jabs at Hester and picks fights with her in his letters to "help her fall out of love with him [[spoiler: before he died". Unfortunately, seeing what Hester become after his death, he wasn't successful.]]
* BrokenBird: Hester becomes this [[spoiler: after Owen's death.]]

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* BoardingSchool: Owen and Johnny go to one,though Owen is a day student and Johnny lives in a faculty apartment with his stepfather, and watch as a new headmaster begins to turn it into a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. [[spoiler:Owen gets expelled for his resistance, but in the process he gets the headmaster fired]].
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Downplayed. Owen purposely makes jabs at Hester and picks fights with her in his letters to "help her fall out of love with him [[spoiler: before he died". Unfortunately, seeing what Hester become after his death, he wasn't successful.
fired.]]
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart to Save Her]]: Downplayed. Owen purposely makes jabs at Hester and picks fights with her in his letters to "help her fall out of love with him [[spoiler: before he died]]". [[spoiler:Unfortunately, seeing what Hester become after his death, he wasn't successful.]]
* BrokenBird: Hester becomes this [[spoiler: after Owen's death.]]death]].



* [[ChekhovsSkill Chekhov's Skill]]: Owen is too short to dunk a basketball, but he's developed a trick where he jumps into Johnny's arms and Johnny helps him dunk. He insists that "it's not for a game," and that what matters is getting it done in under three seconds. As mentioned below, he knows a bit of the future . . .
* ConversationalTroping: Owen discusses {{Film Tropes}} several times, generally mocking them. ("FIGHTING WITH SWORDS, IT'S STUPID TO WEAR LOOSE, BAGGY SHIRTS--OF COURSE YOUR SHIRTS ARE GOING TO GET [[ClothingDamage ALL SLASHED TO PIECES!"]])

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* [[ChekhovsSkill Chekhov's Skill]]: ChekhovsSkill: Owen is too short to dunk a basketball, but he's developed a trick where he jumps into Johnny's arms and Johnny helps him dunk. He insists that "it's not for a game," and that what matters is getting it done in under three seconds. As mentioned below, he knows a bit of the future . . .
* ConversationalTroping: Owen discusses {{Film Tropes}} FilmTropes several times, generally mocking them. ("FIGHTING WITH SWORDS, IT'S STUPID TO WEAR LOOSE, BAGGY SHIRTS--OF COURSE YOUR SHIRTS ARE GOING TO GET [[ClothingDamage ALL SLASHED TO PIECES!"]])PIECES]]!")



* CrisisofFaith: Both Johnny and Rev. Merrill. Johnny claims that the events of the novel are responsible for his faith in God. [[spoiler: And apparently, his doubt in God might be inherited from his father, Rev. Merrill.]]
* [[spoiler:TheCuckooLanderWasRight: Owen All of the events that lead Owen to his conclusions are pretty much just experienced by him, and everyone around him is pretty sure he is just fooling himself. Until he is proven right.]]

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* CrisisofFaith: CrisisOfFaith: Both Johnny and Rev. Merrill. Johnny claims that the events of the novel are responsible for his faith in God. [[spoiler: And apparently, his doubt in God might be inherited from his father, Rev. Merrill.]]
* [[spoiler:TheCuckooLanderWasRight: [[spoiler:TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Owen All of the events that lead Owen to his conclusions are pretty much just experienced by him, and everyone around him is pretty sure he is just fooling himself. Until he is proven right.]]



* FilmOfTheBook: ''Simon Birch''. An interesting comparison, as it starts out word-perfect to the source material and diverges further and further as the stories progress. It's as though the film was shot in sequence and the ExecutiveMeddling was going on ''at the same time''. [[spoiler: It is also LighterAndSofter than the book. Joe, Johnny's counterpart in the movie, is happy and adjusted in the present day, whereas Johnny in the novel is a broken shell.]] The changes were enforced by Irving though, as he believed that the book could not be accurately portrayed in a film.

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* FilmOfTheBook: TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Simon Birch''. An interesting comparison, as it starts out word-perfect to the source material and diverges further and further as the stories progress. It's as though the film was shot in sequence and the ExecutiveMeddling was going on ''at the same time''. [[spoiler: It is also LighterAndSofter than the book. Joe, Johnny's counterpart in the movie, is happy and adjusted in the present day, whereas Johnny in the novel is a broken shell.]] The changes were enforced by Irving though, as he believed that the book could not be accurately portrayed in a film.



* JumpingOnAGrenade: [[spoiler: How Owen dies, saving a [[BusFullOfInnocents group of Vietnamese refugee children]]]]

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* JumpingOnAGrenade: [[spoiler: How Owen dies, saving a [[BusFullOfInnocents group of Vietnamese refugee children]]]]children]].]]



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Owen's apparent ability to see the future and Johnny's encounter with him [[spoiler: after his death.]] are all told through the perspective of Johnny, and are never completely explored; just accepted for what they are. If they were magical or just part of reality is never confirmed which way or the other.

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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted by Johnny. He is a virgin throughout the entire book, as the events of the novel have "neutered him" in his own words.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Owen's apparent ability to see the future and Johnny's encounter with him [[spoiler: after his death.]] death]]. are all told through the perspective of Johnny, and are never completely explored; just accepted for what they are. If they were magical or just part of reality is never confirmed which way or the other.



* {{Motif}}: Armlessness. The Indian chief's totem, Tabby's dressmaker's dummy, the clawless armadillo, Owen wrapped up in swaddling as baby Jesus, the vandalized statue of Mary Magdalen. [[spoiler: During Owen's death scene, his arms are blown off by the grenade.]]

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* {{Motif}}: Armlessness. The Indian chief's totem, Tabby's dressmaker's dummy, the clawless armadillo, Owen wrapped up in swaddling as baby Jesus, the vandalized statue of Mary Magdalen.Magdalene. [[spoiler: During Owen's death scene, his arms are blown off by the grenade.]]



* OlderThanTheyLook: People tend to assume Owen's a kid because of his size. Some women [[{{Shotacon}} consider it a turn-on]].

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* OlderThanTheyLook: People tend to assume Owen's a kid because of his size. Some women [[{{Shotacon}} [[{{Lolicon}} consider it a turn-on]].



* [[YouCantFightFate You Can't Fight Fate]]: And when the moment comes, Owen doesn't even try, despite [[HeroicSacrifice knowing what will happen]].

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* [[YouCantFightFate You Can't Fight Fate]]: YouCantFightFate: And when the moment comes, Owen doesn't even try, despite [[HeroicSacrifice knowing what will happen]].
31st May '15 7:55:47 PM Bergamot
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** Years after Owen's death, [[spoiler: Johnny claims to have encountered Owen from beyond the grave. The event turned Johnny's hair completely white.]]
4th Mar '15 4:50:42 AM ayjazz
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*MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Owen's apparent ability to see the future and Johnny's encounter with him [[spoiler: after his death.]] are all told through the perspective of Johnny, and are never completely explored; just accepted for what they are. If they were magical or just part of reality is never confirmed which way or the other.
25th Feb '15 2:15:20 PM Niel
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* [[spoiler:TheCuckooLanderWasRight: Owen All of the events that lead Owen to his conclusions are pretty much just experienced by him, and everyone around him is pretty sure he is just fooling himself. Until he is proven right.]]



* MagicalRealism: Downplayed. Owen himself is supernatural, as he knows that he is on the world for a purpose, and predicts his death. But all of the events that lead Owen to his conclusions are pretty much just experienced by him, and everyone around him is pretty sure he is just fooling himself. [[spoiler: Until he is proven right.]]
19th Dec '14 11:44:12 AM ayjazz
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* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Downplayed. Owen purposely makes jabs at Hester and picks fights with her in his letters to "help her fall out of love with him [[spoiler: before he died]]".

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* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: Downplayed. Owen purposely makes jabs at Hester and picks fights with her in his letters to "help her fall out of love with him [[spoiler: before he died]]". died". Unfortunately, seeing what Hester become after his death, he wasn't successful.]]
18th Dec '14 9:54:03 PM ayjazz
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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: On the date Owen predicted he would lose his life, it almost seems to all of the characters that his dreams of his death were just that, dreams. Then Dick arrives with a grenade in his hand...]]
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