A Prayer for Owen Meany

Mrs. Hoyt Character Analysis

Harry Hoyt’s mother. A widow who later loses her son to the Vietnam War, Mrs. Hoyt protests against the war and tries to help other boys evade the draft. She also teaches John Wheelwright that criticizing a specific American president or policy is not anti-American or pro-Communist. She is unjustly fired for her political views and eventually moves away.

Mrs. Hoyt Quotes in A Prayer for Owen Meany

The A Prayer for Owen Meany quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Hoyt or refer to Mrs. Hoyt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Mrs. Hoyt was the first person I remember who said that to criticize a specific American president was not anti-American; that to criticize a specific American policy was not antipatriotic; and that to disapprove of our involvement in a particular war against the communists was not the same as taking the communists’ side. But these distinctions were lost on most of the citizens of Gravesend; they are lost on many of my former fellow Americans today.

Related Characters: John Wheelwright (speaker), Mrs. Hoyt (speaker)
Page Number: 131
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Mrs. Hoyt Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Hoyt appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Angel
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...funeral, she didn’t sit with her son and the rest of the team—unlike her son, Mrs. Hoyt “was never a team player.” (full context)
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John recalls that Mrs. Hoyt was the first person to suggest to him that criticizing the president was not, in... (full context)
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...to his drugs and alcohol. He crashed his car and died while he was high. Mrs. Hoyt argued that he was yet another tragic casualty of the war. (full context)
Chapter 8: The Finger 
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...He tries to appeal the orders. Meanwhile, Harry Hoyt dies of a snake bite, and Mrs. Hoyt starts advertising free draft-counseling advice to young men in Gravesend and Durham, the university town.... (full context)
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Mrs. Hoyt tells John about his options for avoiding the draft: convincingly faking a history of mental... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Shot
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...is there, and Buzzy Thurston’s parents, who recently buried their own son. Father Findley and Mrs. Hoyt are there; the Wiggins are not. A unit of the New Hampshire National Guard serves... (full context)
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...is sitting across the aisle from John. John recalls hearing that Harold was coached by Mrs. Hoyt into securing a psychological deferment. (full context)