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Often in life when things get complicated many people choose to give up much like Rabbit running in the book Rabbit Run by John Updike Rabbit or Harry Angstrom can not deal with frustrating situations and when faced with them he turns his back On Rabbits way to try to find the straight path he actually is running in circles making his life more confusingIn the beginning of the novel Rabbit flees from his alcoholic wife Janice who is pregnant with their second child Rabbit yearns for order neatness and a straight path ahead However the clutter behind him in the roomthe Old fashioned glass with its corrupt dregs the choked ashtray balanced on the easy-chair arm the rumpled rug the floppy stacks of slippery newspapers the kids toys here and there broken and stuck and jammed is not Rabbit 14 This chaos in his home is symbolizing the unbearable frustration Rabbit thinks his life is heading for His trip away from his wife and family quickly come to an end when Rabbit becomes frustrated with the winding circling roads and Rabbit decides to come back to his town When Rabbit returns he does not come back to Janice but to his old coach Tothero Tothero introduces him to a prostitute Ruth which after one night with her he moves in Rabbit cannot face going back to his old life with Janice After only a little while with Ruth Rabbit feels life with her is too similar to the life he had with Janice and returns to Janice after speaking with Reverend Eccles Reverend Eccles informs Rabbit that Janice gave birth to a baby girl Rebecca and Janice and Rabbit are reunited At this point Rabbit feels that the road ahead is not a curving highway but a straight clear path While Janice is still in the hospital with Rebecca Rabbit stays at home with his son Nelson bettering their fatherson relationship Janices dad has
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