Another boy on John Wheelwright and Owen Meany’s Little League baseball team. He is two spots above Owen in the lineup, and he walks to allow Owen to come to bat in the game where Owen hits the ball that kills Tabitha Wheelwright. He later enlists in the Navy and dies of a snake bite he receives while peeing outside of a brothel in Vietnam. He comes to represent the unfortunate American soldiers who died needlessly in the war.
Harry Hoyt Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Harry Hoyt appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Foul Ball
Chapter 3: The Angel
...his team, which mostly disbanded after the tragic accident. Sitting with him was John’s teammate Harry Hoyt—the boy who had walked before Owen came to bat. Harry would enlist in the... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Finger
...relentless guerilla conflict in sight, it was more like “DESTROY AND DESTROY.” John can’t imagine Harry Hoyt effectively searching and destroying “anything”; Owen remarks, “HAS IT OCCURRED TO YOU THAT VIETNAM... (full context)
...for the Adjunct General’s Corps—not a combat branch. He tries to appeal the orders. Meanwhile, Harry Hoyt dies of a snake bite, and Mrs. Hoyt starts advertising free draft-counseling advice to... (full context)