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Something confusing about the book (not the movie)


In the book Garp was attacked and barely escaped. They would have killed him or at least beaten him up for showing up at his own mother's memorial service. The reason was it was a feminist gathering and he was a man.

But... Here is the part that makes no sense to me: Those feminist women were there to honor the memory of someone who was sacred to them, that being his deceased mother.

So here is the paradox, the thing that makes no sense. If they were there to honor Jenny how could they kill or abuse Garp? Part of honoring someone is honoring their WISHES or what they obviously would have wished if they were alive. No way his mother would have wanted her only son harmed she loved him, so by trying to harm him they were betraying Jenny's wishes. So how the hell was that honoring her? It is a paradox.

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The attackers were fanatical and fanatics don't follow normal train of thought.

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So here is the paradox, the thing that makes no sense. If they were there to honor Jenny how could they kill or abuse Garp? Part of honoring someone is honoring their WISHES or what they obviously would have wished if they were alive. No way his mother would have wanted her only son harmed she loved him, so by trying to harm him they were betraying Jenny's wishes. So how the hell was that honoring her? It is a paradox.


They mention it in the movie, but in the book it is more clear that Garp has taken aim at the Ellen Jamesians in his writing and Jenny's son or not, they hate him for it.

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Keep in mind this is a group that have formed a group to stand in solidarity for a rape victim who does not want their support. She even explicitly stated that they are harming her with her with their radical actions and they still continue.

They don't care about Jenny, her family or her wishes, just as a feminist icon.

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