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Free Study Guide: The Cider House Rules by John Irving

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BOOK SUMMARY: THE CIDER HOUSE RULES BY JOHN IRVING


PLOT STRUCTURE ANALYSIS

The Cider House Rules has three major parts in which the action of the novel takes place. Part 1, in St. Cloudís, is the narrative frame that provides background details on Homerís childhood and the experiences that shape Dr. Larchís and the rules by which he acts. In part 2, Homer breaks from Dr. Larch and experiences the society that exists outside of the isolation of St. Clouds. In the last part, Homer, an adult in his 30s, comes full circle. Homer is able to decide that he can return to St. Cloudís and continue Dr. Larchís work.

Part 1

The first part of this novel paints a picture of Homerís childhood. Homer, having been adopted four times without success, is allowed to stay where he belongs, St. Cloudís. During this time, Homer has the run of St. Cloudís, and he spends his time being of use in any way he can. Eventually, his desire to be of use leads him to..........

Part 2

Homer pulls away from Dr. Larch partly because he disagrees with him over the morality of performing abortions and partly because of a quick friendship with Candy Kendall and Wally Worthington. In this part of the novel, Homer becomes a part of the Worthington family. He learns of society outside of St. Cloudís. He ...........

Part 3

In the last chapter of the novel, three events take place that bring Homer full circle. First, Melony, after being betrayed by.........



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