Wilfred Owen Meany's Irony

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The irony used by Irving shows how tolerance is key in life when faced with tough dilemmas; enduring pain helps to shape individuals and make them who they are destined to be. Hardships come along with life, growing as an individual is not always the easiest; however, learning from tough situations and building a tolerance shapes a person. Owen Meany is a prime example of a character who has had to endure a lot, this began since the moment he was born. His short stature and “cartoon voice” (18) are characteristics that depicts Owen from everyone else. For instance, John states that during Sunday school, “We tortured him, I think, in order to hear his voice; I used to think his voice came from another planet. Now I’m convinced it was a voice not…show more content…
Owen is not described as a heroic character; he is depicted for a weak link... a nerd. The irony behind Owen and him being bullied is in the end of the novel. Owen, “‘a little doll,”’ ends up becoming the hero when he saves the Vietnamese children from the bomb that is thrown at them. Owen Realizes in his heroic moment of victory that the tolerance he endured throughout his life was purposeful… it was “fate” (132). Being short with a “ruined voice” (17) is for a reason in the shaping of the end of Owen Meany’s life. As Owen is being heroic, he shouts to Johnny,“‘NOW I KNOW WHY MY VOICE NEVER CHANGES,’ owen said to me. ‘DO YOU SEE WHY?’ (612). The irony of Owen being a hero is humorous, he is the main character in the novel that has had to endure the most, and yet, when he is looked down upon and frowned on, he builds a strong tolerance. Owen gets rid of the cliches of what a hero is supposed to look like, he creates himself as a hero; a person of great courage, he has an enormous heart in such a small body. Owen himself is a paradox, he defies everything that is stereotypical for a person like himself. From Owen, the reader
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