Study Guide

A Prayer for Owen Meany Three-Act Plot Analysis

By John Irving

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Owen accidentally kills Johnny's mom when he hits a foul ball that hits her in the head.

Act II

As Owen and John grow up, Owen becomes more and more convinced that he is answering a particular call to action. He sees himself as God's instrument.


Owen dies saving the kids at the airport; John moves to Canada and starts a new life there.