I'll discuss: I agree the ending was good. It would have been a bit much if he would have made it to Vietnam and been an hero there--part of the point, I think, is that we can have a certain vision of our destiny but it can shift and, yet, still fulfill our fundamental destiny.
Of course, that's if you believe in destiny. Do we think Owen was pre-destined by God and it was revealed to him throughout his life? That he was emaculately conceived even?
Or do we believe that he believed so much that he created the course of events that led to fulfilling his vision?
Did God force the minister to reveal the baseball to Johnny? or did he begin to believe to a point that he did it, feeling as though God had a hand in it? But, of course, he does not supposedly believe until later when he sees "Tabby" outside the window.
I'm perplexed by Tabby. She is portrayed as almost "saintlike" but she still does some very selfish things. I think keeping her son in the dark about who his father is and calling him her "little fling" really minimizes how important where he comes from is to Johnny.
She was good and caring and reached out to Owen, etc. But some of it seemed selfish.
So do we take the story literally? Is it religious allegory?
I also felt Hester's love for Owen really interesting. I mean she is so cynical in so many ways but she falls for the "purest" one.
And why did Johnny never have sex? Is it a religious parallel to Joseph? Is it because on some level he was commited to Owen? to Hester?
Ok those are my initial thoughts.me: BS
Much of your pain is self-chosen. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923
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