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A new problem had arisen in the twentieth century Divorces between couples were occurring more than ever and divorce had become the main concern in the twentieth century John Updike became interested in this topic and began to write on this topic He became one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century He has written some of the greatest stories but all his stories have one thing in common All of Updikes stories themes are about family relationships marriage and divorce This topic appears clearly in his three short stores Son Still of Some Use and The Lovely Troubled Women of our Old Crowd One of the main causes of family problems resulting in divorces is the disability of parents to compromise Most of the time parents disagree on something and the problem grows until dislike is created resulting in a divorce The parents usually divorce without thinking about the consequences of the divorce And some of the consequences could be very harsh that parents would regret divorcing One of the million consequences concerns children Children are very sensitive and could be greatly affected by an act like divorce One of the ways children could be affected by divorce is that the children wont marry frightened that they would make the same mistake their parents did This is shown in Updikes story The Lovely Troubled Women of our Old Crowd In the story the four girls Annie Betsy Jennifer and Mary are in their mid twenties and till now they are not married and dont think about getting married as Updike said in his story Why dont they get married You see them around town getting older little spinsters pedaling bicycles to their pretty jobs or walking up the hill beside the rocks with books in their arms Annie Langhorne Betsy Clay Jennifer Wilcombe Mary Jo Morison weve known them all since they were two or three and now theyve reached their mid-twenties back
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