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* SurvivorGuilt: For the rest of her life, Roberta [[spoiler: regrets that she did not take a bullet for Jenny Fields. As a large, muscular athlete in prime physical condition, she believes she could have survived the shot that killed the much older, frailer Jenny...and even if she didn't, she would have gladly died in her place.]]

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude Garp, Cushie and Pooh.

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* TheMuse: Garp starts writing because Helen tells him she'll only marry a writer. It works.


* DeathOfAChild: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Walt.]]



* StrawFeminist: ZigZag. Irving explores feminism from a man's perspective, between Jenny's role as an "icon" to the Ellen Jamesians to his friendship with transsexual Roberta Muldoon.
* {{Transsexual}}: A former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Roberta Muldoon becomes a close friend to the Garp family and a fervent supporter/bodyguard for Garp's mother Jenny.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: DownplayedTrope, as [[spoiler: the film ends before Garp succumbs to his gunshot wound, leaving his survival possible.]]
* StrawFeminist: ZigZag.ZigZagged. Irving explores feminism from a man's perspective, between Jenny's role as an "icon" to the Ellen Jamesians to his friendship with transsexual Roberta Muldoon.
* {{Transsexual}}: {{Transgender}}: A former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, Roberta Muldoon becomes a close friend to the Garp family and a fervent supporter/bodyguard for Garp's mother Jenny.


* {{Asexual}}: Jenny Fields, who finds the very concept of sexual attraction unspeakably vile.

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* {{Asexual}}: Jenny Fields, who finds the very concept of sexual attraction unspeakably vile. The only sex she ever has is when she rapes Garp's father to conceive him.

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* CreatorCameo: John Irving makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in the film, playing a wrestling referee.

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* ChildByRape: Garp is conceived after his mother rapes a dying technical sergeant in order to become pregnant.


A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], written by Steve Tesich and directed by George Roy Hill, was released in 1982. It stars Creator/RobinWilliams as Garp, along with Mary Beth Hurt, Creator/GlennClose, and Creator/JohnLithgow.

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A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], written by Steve Tesich and version]] directed by George Roy Hill, who wrote the screenplay adaptation along with Steve Tesich, was released in 1982. It stars Creator/RobinWilliams as Garp, along with Mary Beth Hurt, Creator/GlennClose, and Creator/JohnLithgow.

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->''"In [[TitleDrop the world according to Garp]], we are all terminal cases."''


A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], written by Steve Tesich, directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams, was released in 1982.

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A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], written by Steve Tesich, Tesich and directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams, Hill, was released in 1982.
1982. It stars Creator/RobinWilliams as Garp, along with Mary Beth Hurt, Creator/GlennClose, and Creator/JohnLithgow.


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A movie adaptation directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams was theatrically released in 1982, with the screenplay written by Steve Tesich.

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A movie adaptation [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], written by Steve Tesich, directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams Creator/RobinWilliams, was theatrically released in 1982, with the screenplay written by Steve Tesich.
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Creator/JohnIrving’s fourth novel, published in 1978, '''''The World According to Garp''''' was a bestseller for several years. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Awards for Fiction in 1979 and its first paperback edition won the Award the following year. Written in the style of a biography, it chronicles the quirky life and times of author, husband, and father T.S. Garp from his unusual conception to his tragic early death.

A movie adaptation directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams was theatrically released in 1982 with the screenplay written by Steve Tesich.

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Creator/JohnIrving’s fourth novel, published in 1978, '''''The ''The World According to Garp''''' Garp'' was a bestseller for several years. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Awards for Fiction in 1979 and its first paperback edition won the Award the following year. Written in the style of a biography, it chronicles the quirky life and times of author, husband, and father T.S. Garp from his unusual conception to his tragic early death.

A movie adaptation directed by George Roy Hill and starring Creator/RobinWilliams was theatrically released in 1982 1982, with the screenplay written by Steve Tesich.


* ContrivedCoincidence: When ''The World According to Garp'' was written with the protagonist's biological father a comatose but aroused injured Air Force gunner in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Irving was unaware that his own biological father had been in the military.



* KnownOnlyByInitials: Garp's first name is T.S., said by his mother to stand for "Technical Sergeant" (the rank of his father). [[LastNameBasis Everyone just calls him "Garp."]]
** In the movie, a college-aged Garp flirts with girls by telling them the initials stand for "terribly sexy."



* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Both Garp and his wife.]]



* WriteWhoYouKnow: John Irving’s mother Frances Winslow had not been married at the time of the author’s conception could be the basis of T. S. Garp being an illegitimate child.

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* WriteWhoYouKnow: John Irving’s mother Frances Winslow had not been married at the time of the author’s conception could be the basis of T. S. YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Both Garp being an illegitimate child.
and his wife.]]


* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale : Jenny's conception of Garp. Most definitely not OK, as Garp's father was a bed-bound patient in the hospital where she worked. No one knows how it happened, so she never has to answer for it.
** TheFilmOfTheBook briefly addresses the issue of rape.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale : Jenny's conception of Garp. Most definitely not OK, okay, as Garp's father was a bed-bound patient in the hospital where she worked. No one knows how it happened, so Later, when Jenny publishes a tell-all autobiography, she never has matter-of-factly admits to answer for it.
the rape, which is largely interpreted as a highly empowering feminist act that inspires many women to "do a Jenny Fields" of their own.
** TheFilmOfTheBook briefly addresses at least pauses to call the issue of rape. act rape, and Dean Bodgers expresses horror over it.



* ShowWithinAShow: Or, in this case, a story within a story. Some early stories of Garps are included as part of the text, to show his development as a writer.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Or, in this case, a story within a story. Some of Garp's early stories of Garps are included as part of the text, to show his development as a writer.


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* WhatTheHellHero: Jenny, who is largely portrayed as a strong, practical, pragmatic woman who can always be counted to take up the right side of any issue, even if her position is unpopular, is held completely unaccountable for the rape of Garp's dying father. The rape is treated as an inspirational act at best, and a punchline at worst. In a book where one of the running motifs is the bad decisions of basically good people, where motivations and consequences are usually thoroughly explored, the omission is rather glaring.

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* [[invoked]]FatalMethodActing: [[spoiler:Jenny is assassinated while giving a speech. Her last words were "Some of you know who I am."]]

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