Everything you need to understand or teach Rabbit, Run by John Updike.
"Who likes Rabbit, apart from his author?" Hermione Lee asks in The New Republic.
Sexist, dumb, lazy, illiterate (he spends the whole
novel not finishing a book on American history), a
terrible father . . . an inadequate husband, an unreliable
lover, a tiresome lecher, a failing businessman,
a cowardly patient, a typically "territorial" male:
What kind of moral vantage point is this?
But, she writes, "What redeems Rabbit is that, inside his brutish exterior, he is tender, feminine, and empathetic."
Set in Brewer, Pennsylvania, a fictional counterpart of the real-life city of Reading, Rabbit, Run examines the experiences of a young man who is trapped in an unfulfilling life and his equally unfulfilling attempts to leave his family and find a new life. When the book was first published, it shocked many readers with its explicit descriptions of sexuality, and according to Robert Detweiler in John Updike, some reviewers even speculated...
Rabbit, Run Lesson Plans contain 117 pages of teaching material, including: