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The Catcher in the Rye
&
A Prayer for Owen Meany

Hester

Hester, John's cousin has one of the most unique roles in the book. She has this odd chemistry with John. But has an even stronger and weirder relationship with Owen. Teased her whole life by her brothers, she's very tough and guarded. But Owen seems to bring out the caring side in her. She unexpectedly falls in love with him.

Phoebe
Unlike Hester, Phoebe is way more innocent. Always understanding Holden's feelings. Phoebe has a huge impact on him and she is the only person that can console him and listen to his problems.
The Catcher in the Rye
captures in today's society what it means to grow up . It also represents how confusing and difficult it can be to discover who they are, especially during adolescence.
Conclusion

A Prayer for Owen Meany-
Owen continues to show that he's loyal to John by repeating the 9th grade with him despite his excellent academic abilities. He encourages John to find his gift even when he didn't believe in himself. Owen helped John to overcome his learning disability and pursue his career as an English teacher.
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Motif- Religion
A Prayer for Owen Meany
-
Religion has a strong presence in this book. John Wheelwright constantly mentions switching between the different denominations of Christianity (Congregationalist, Episcopalians, & Anglican) throughout his life from childhood to adulthood.
When Owen dreamed of saving the children, it corresponds to the times that God sent dreams and visions to people in the Bible, pointing out His future plans.

Honor & Loyalty
The Catcher in the Rye-
Towards the end of
The Catcher in the Rye,
Holden seems to be the happiest when he sees Phoebe on the merry-go-round. Seeing her on this merry-go-round makes him reminisce back to his innocence as a child. During this moment he forgets the death of his brother Allie, his loneliness, and his frustration of being misunderstood.
The Catcher in the Rye
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Holden tends to be somewhat of an Atheist. He believes in Jesus but doesn't really like the rest of the bible, especially the disciples. He sees them as randomly selected individuals. He doesn't see them as religious leaders of the Bible, he judges them like everyone else around him.
Characters
John has a clearly negative reflection on the world when reading
The Globe and Mail
newspaper. It is like an addiction for him. Just like today when we see the news, we want the controversial stories. Everyone is talking about it, everyone wants the details and as soon as something new and exclusive happens, everyone forgets about it moving onto the next news story.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/06/15/lifetimes/10212.html
"He could have skipped a grade, yet he volunteered to repeat the ninth grade with me!"
"I learned it from you," I told him.

"IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU LEARNED IT- ITS A GIFT. IF YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING , YOU HAVE TO PROTECT IT. IF YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A WAY OF LIFE YOU LOVE, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE COURAGE TO LIVE IT."
Resilience of the Human Spirit
" It was that kind of crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road."
" I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead."
"Every time I'd get to the end of the block, I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, ' Allie don't let me disappear. Allie don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please Allie.' And when I reached the other side of the street without disappearing, I'd thank him."
Themes
"I like Jesus and all, but I don't care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible."
" I KNOW THAT I SAVED THEM- I DON'T KNOW HOW. AND I KNOW THAT THEY'RE AFRAID FOR ME... THE CHILDREN'S FACES TELL ME SOMETHING IS WRONG."
" I'm going to try to give up the news."
"I'm sure I have no in-depth comprehension of American villainy; yet I can't leave the news alone!"
The Catcher in the Rye
is important because it represents a teenage character who doesn't want to grow up. It gives the lesson that we should not fight against the inevitable because we must all grow up. It also teaches us not to dwell on our past.
http://www.shmoop.com/owen-meany/owen-voice-symbol.html
A Prayer for Owen Meany
captures what it means to be unique and be proud of it. Owen's small stature and distinct voice makes him stand out. Owen was put on the Earth with a purpose just like everyone else.
" I like almost anybody in the Bible except the disciples."
" I'll marry you, I'll move to Arizona - I'll go anywhere with you ,Owen."
I'd do anything for you - you know that. But I won't go to your ******* funeral."
"You'd like her. I mean if you tell old Phoebe something, she knows exactly what the **** you're talking about."
Today's Society
It should be considered one of the greatest novels of all time and remain on the list of classics. It serves an important message to teenagers and Christians to discover their spiritual lives.
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A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Catcher in the Rye
It should remain a classic and be considered one of the great novels. This book teaches its readers that even the best of us can experience depression at times.
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