One of the biggest questions we encounter in A Prayer for Owen Meany is this one: who is John's father? John has no idea, and for the most part, neither do we. In fact, almost all of the characters seem to express curiosity at one point or another as to whom Tabby slept with back in 1942. Yet, it's not just John's father whose identity is a secret. As John tries to unravel the mystery of his background, he starts to learn that his mother wasn't exactly the person he thought she was, either.
The characters in A Prayer for Owen Meany define their personal identities by highlighting the contrast between themselves and the people around them.
The characters in A Prayer for Owen Meany define their personal identities through their backgrounds, homes, and histories.