April 20, 2013
The Relationship between Owen Meany and Johnny Wheelwright
In the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving explores the themes of friendship and faith. Friendship is one of the most important things in one’s life. Friendship is the divine feeling of knowing there is someone there. As the saying goes, “friends are flowers in the garden of life”. As flowers add beauty to a garden, friends add beauty to one’s life. Friendship always begins with a seed of trust that is nurtured with laughter and tears, growing into loyalty and love. The friendship between Owen Meany and Johnny Wheelwright has been maintained since they were young to the last second they were together. Faith can be viewed in many different ways. Faith can be described as faith in God or as a conviction. Faith is a sacred, deep and emotionally involved kind of trust. Faith is like the wind, it cannot be seen, but it can be felt. Owen enabled Johnny to find faith in his life in a religious and convictional way. The friendship between Owen and Johnny clearly showed a positive relationship. Owen always kept Johnny’s desires in mind, he was always there for Johnny, and he led Johnny to a true faith.
First, to maintain their positive relationship, Owen always kept Johnny’s desires in mind. Owen always thought about Johnny and what he can do to make Johnny feel better. Owen went ahead and wrote a play for Johnny’s father, in order for them to find out who Johnny’s father actually is. “Just suppose there was such a play… And we called the play either The Orange Grove or The Lady in Red – don’t you suppose that your father would come to see that play? And don’t you suppose we could recognize him then?” (Irving 360). Owen took the effort to write a play, in order to find Johnny’s father. He always wanted to make sure that Johnny’s desires were fulfilled. The relationship between him and Johnny shows to what extent their relationship is true. Their...