Irving's The World According To Garp: Analysis



When referring to John Irving's book The World According to Garp,
it has been said “His style is simplistic, almost childlike..."(55), and “
Irving's prose is the prose of a poorly educated man-his vocabulary is
uninspiring, his grammatical proprieties is severely limited."(51) It has
also been said that Irving's “instincts are so basically sound, his talents
for storytelling are so bright and strong...”(55) I agree with all that
has been said to an extent; Irving is by no means perfect when it comes to
prose, grammar, and vocabulary, yet I laughed cried and mourned with the
characters he created. The story he spun was entertaining, comical, and
even inspirational even if it wasn't ...

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Irving uses to
create such a wonderful story, that keeps the reader both interested and
entertained.
One of the most interesting ironic circles in this book deals with
the death of the main character, Garp. Garp is shot and killed by a woman
wearing a Jenny Fields original, Garp's mothers brand of clothing. Garp's
mother was one of the first feminist in the 60's to get a lot of publicity,
and become an icon to the community. Many splinter movements and groups
came to her for support, one of these such groups were the Ellen Jamisons.
Garp's killer, Pooh Percey, happened to be a member of the Ellen Jamisons a
group of women who cut out their tongues to protest a rape of a little girl.
Garp's mother Jenny Fields was a supporter of the Ellen Jamisons and
encouraged them to do what they believed. In the end they believed that
they should kill Garp because he had given the group bad publicity at one
time. As you can see the irony just keeps coming; the reader never knows
what ...

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