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John Updikes Rabbit Run originally published in 1960 has excited successive generations of readers and critics alike The novel follows the retirement of Harry Rabbit Angstrom from the certainty and order of the high school basketball court to the uncertainty and responsibility of adulthood The narrative begins with Harry walking out on his pregnant wife Janice and infant son Nelson He feels trapped glued in with a lot of busted toys and empty glasses and television going and meals late and no way of getting out 100 He drives south looking for an ideal life but is drawn back by an unchanging landscape familiar songs on the radio and finally thoughts of Janice He returns to Pennsylvania but not to his wife He visits his old coach and mentor Tothero who introduces him to a local prostitute Ruth Rabbit moves in with her but he is drawn back to his wife partially through the meddling of the Episcopalian minister Jack Eccles when their child is born Rabbit senses a new beginning and stays with Janice until his unwarranted sexual advances are spurned he flees again In despair because of Rabbits second flight Janice resumes drinking and accidently drowns the newborn Rebecca in the bathtub Rabbit returns to her once again but at the babys funeral his forgiveness is misinterpreted as malice and he runs once again I will interpret the work through an epistemic lens to reveal Updike to be essentially a spiritually affirming author To reveal Updike as such I will dwell in the empty space that lies between the opposing images he presents it is in this area that Updikes epistemology is found Updike credits Rabbit Run with a Yes but quality that discounts any notion that there may be a persuasive leader knower of the inferior ignorant Kerry Ahearn in his discussion of family and adultery reiterates that every truth is nevertheless truth only to a certain degree when it goes
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