A Prayer for Owen Meany

Amanda and Arthur Dowling Character Analysis

A young married couple who believe in challenging gender norms. The Dowlings always request to be cast in the roles of the opposite sex in Gravesend’s theatrical productions. They also protest against girls’ exclusion from Little League baseball and against the types of sexist stereotypes in classic literature taught to children.

Amanda and Arthur Dowling Quotes in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Chapter 5 Quotes

Sexual stereotypes did not fall, [Amanda] liked to say, from the clear blue sky; books were the major influences upon children—and books that had boys being boys, and girls being girls, were among the worst offenders! Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, for example; they were an education in condescension to women—all by themselves, they created sexual stereotypes! Wuthering Heights, for example: how that book taught a woman to submit to a man made Amanda Dowling “see red,” as she would say.

Related Characters: John Wheelwright (speaker), Amanda and Arthur Dowling (speaker)
Page Number: 244-245
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Amanda and Arthur Dowling Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Chapter 5: The Ghost of the Future 
Gender and Sexuality Theme Icon
The girls Maureen Early and Caroline Day were at the game. Arthur and Amanda Dowling were also there. Amanda is playing the Ghost of Christmas Past. She... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Shot
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Mrs. Walker is there, and Arthur and Amanda Downing. Larry O’Day and his daughter Caroline, John’s former girlfriend, are there, with... (full context)