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Encyclopedia > The Cider House Rules
The Cider House Rules
Author John Irving
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Fiction
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Publication date 1985
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 068803036X
 

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Plot

The two central protagonists are Homer Wells, an orphan, and Dr. Wilbur Larch, who directs the orphanage in which Homer grows up. Orphans, by Thomas Kennington An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (typically a child), who has lost both parents, often through death. ...


From Homer's point of view, this is a coming-of-age story. After a childhood spent "being of use" as a medical assistant to Dr. Larch, Homer follows the classical Platonic arc from erotic love through love of family to love of civitas. This arc begins when Homer decides to leave the orphanage with Candy Kendall and her boyfriend Wally Worthington, a young couple who work at the Worthington family apple orchard. Wally leaves to fight in World War II, but his plane is shot down over Burma. Believing Wally to be dead, Homer and Candy have an affair and Candy subsequently becomes pregnant. Candy secretly gives birth to a boy named Angel at the orphanage, and he becomes the first child to go home with its mother. Subsequently, Wally is found alive, and so Candy and Homer return home. They lie to the family about Angel's parentage, claiming that Homer decided to adopt him. Wally and Candy marry shortly afterwards, but Candy and Homer maintain a secret affair that lasts some 15 years. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A pregnant woman Pregnancy is the process by which a mammalian female carries a live offspring from conception until it develops to the point where the offspring is capable of living outside the womb. ...


In contrast, Wilbur Larch's coming-of-age, told in flashbacks, in a sense follows the Platonic arc in reverse. After a traumatic misadventure with a prostitute as a young man, Wilbur turns his back on sex and on love, choosing instead to serve the community by helping women with unwanted pregnancies give birth and then keeping the babies in an orphanage. He makes a point of maintaining an emotional distance from the orphans, so that they can more easily make the transition into an adoptive family, but when it becomes clear that Homer is going to spend his entire childhood at the orphanage, Wilbur trains the orphan as a doctor and then comes to love him almost against his will.


Wilbur's and Homer's lives are complicated by the fact that the former is also secretly an abortionist at a time when abortion is illegal. He believes that he is doing the world a service because "one way the poor can help themselves would be to be in control of the size of their families." He comes to this work reluctantly, disliking abortion, but driven by seeing the horrors of back-alley operations. When Homer learns about this secret, he considers it evil, which leads to some angry interchanges between Homer and Wilbur. An abortion is the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death. ...


Many years later, when Angel is a teenager, he makes friends with Rose Rose, the daughter of a migrant worker at the apple orchard, who becomes pregnant with her father's child, and Homer performs an abortion on her. Homer decides to return to the orphanage after the death of Dr. Larch, and works as the new director. This is the culminating love-of-civitas step in Homer's life. Homer and Candy eventually tell Angel that they are his biological parents.


The novel also follows a sub-plot of Melony, who grew up alongside Homer in the orphanage. She was Homer's first girlfriend in a relationship of circumstances. She eventually becomes an electrician and takes a female lover, Lorna.


See also

  • Pro-Choice
  • Pro-Life

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Cider House Rules - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving.
The Cider House Rules (film) is also a 1999 film starring Tobey Maguire and Michael Caine, directed by Lasse Hallström.
Homer Wells, an unadopted orphan, is the book's central protagonist; Homer grew up in an orphanage directed by Dr. Wilbur Larch.
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