The main character of “A prayer for Owen Meany”, Owen Meany shows readers that one can give direction to his/her own life by having strong beliefs and by taking responsibility for his/her actions, while acting meaningfully. First, strong beliefs are necessary to not only guide the individual possessing them, but also the surrounding individuals. Through an existentialist lens, the character of Owen “lives in bad faith”, as he strongly believes God gives direction to his life. However, throughout the book readers can see Owen’s powerful and positive influence on Johnny, who in various parts of the book states that “[Owen] is the reason [Johnny] believes in God” (p.1). “[Johnny] is a Christian because of Owen Meany” (p.1). It is evident that, even as a child, Johnny perceives the power and rightfulness in Owen’s ways of thinking and acting, allowing these to influence him. Owen’s strength given by his faith serves as guidance for himself and his friend Johnny. Second, the individual can give direction to his life by thinking and acting in a responsible and meaningful manner, a way of life that existentialists would support. Owen’s every action- one of the most important of them being cutting the Armadillo’s claws off- is meaningful and symbolic of his character and feelings: though cutting the Armadillo’s claws off, Owen attempted to show Johnny that “if he could he would cut off his hands for [him]” opposed “to have touched that bat, to have swung that bat with those results.” (p.85). Similar to Owen, each individual needs to “live in good faith” (according to existentialist theory) by taking responsibility and making every action meaningful. Through the character of Owen Meany, John Irving, the author of the book, suggests that every individual has the possibility of living his/her life rightfully as long as the individual has strong beliefs to support him- strong enough to influence other people- and the individual lives a meaningful life through the responsibility and behaviour he has following an action.