Saint Maybe Book Analysis

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The novel Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler is a beautifully thought out book that follows the complicated life of seventeen-year-old Ian Bedloe as he seeks forgiveness for his sins both from himself and from God. Ian blamed himself for causing his older brother, Danny’s suicide and his guilt slowly ate away at him until he was drawn into the Church of Second Chance. By this time, Ian was in college and both Danny’s daughter and step-children were orphaned and being taken care of by his elderly parents. So Reverend Emmett, the pastor of Ian’s newfound church, decided that the only way Ian could find forgiveness from God and from himself was to quit college and offer up all his time to raise Danny’s ...view middle of the document...

Ian immediately assumes that Lucy is cheating on his brother, so one night, in a moment of rage, Ian cruelly tells Danny of his assumptions; this caused Danny to promptly drive into the wall at the end of the street, thereby committing suicide. A short time after Danny’s death, Lucy overdosed on sleeping pills, leaving all three of her children orphans, left for Doug and Bee, Ian and Danny’s elderly parents, to take care of. Therefore, once Ian joined the Church of Second Chance and was told that he must help raise the children to be forgiven, he went all out and made sure all the children are adopted by him; he stayed by their sides until they had each grown up and left the house. By that time, Ian was 40 and his youth was far behind him; but he was still able to find a woman he loved, get married and have a baby boy. In the end, Ian seemed to feel forgiven by God and himself.

Anne Tyler has an exceptional ability to create very believable, realistic characters in her novel. Throughout the story, Ian Bedloe, the novel’s central character, matures and develops in the same way some other people would. At the age of seventeen, Ian was just like...

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