John Updike Essay | Rabbit Redux

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Rabbit Redux

Summary: A review of John Updike's novel Rabbit Redux, the second novel in the series featuring the character Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom. The review includes an overview of the storyline along with an exploration of the novel's themes; these themes include the pursuit of freedom versus responsibility, the deterioration of the American dream, the absence of a hero in American culture, and the general tendency of one to run away from his/her duties and problems.
Rabbit Redux is the second novel in the series by John Updike featuring a central character, Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom. In the beginning of the novel, we meet Rabbit's father, Earl. Earl works for the same company as his son, and each day before they go their separate ways, they have a drink together in the local bar. They have the same conversation regarding Harry's mother's health everyday.

Also early in the novel, Harry discovers that his wife, Janice, has been having an affair with an employee of her father named Charlie Stavros. However, he had been expecting the news, and reacted with violence at first, which soon turned into apathy. In fact, he tells her that he does not mind if she sees him again, and she goes to live with Charlie. When Harry tells their son, Nelson, that Janice has left, he simply responds, "She'll be back...

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