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The short story Separation by John Updike presents many unique and diverse character reactions It is about the separation of a married couple breaking the news of their split to their children and their childrens reactions to this news The parents are very different from one another as are the children Many emotions are presented in this short story and it is certainly an insightful view into how this might play out in real life The parents Richard and Joan are both worried to tell their children and are not quite sure how to go about telling them or even when they should do it Once they do decide to provide their children with this news they definitely could not have predicted the reactions that they would receive The separation of parents takes a toll on each individual in a specifically different way The different ways in which they approach how they deal with these emotions varies between each individualIn Separation the father Richard seems to be taking the decision of separation extremely hard Richard is going through many emotions such as sadness regret guilt and hesitation about the separation He seems to be really sad about the whole situation and it is presented that he is dreading having to tell his children about the decision In the beginning of the story Joan his wife and Richard start to discuss when they are going to tell their children about the decision that has been made and end up agreeing that they would wait until the four children were together After deciding this the narrator says So he drudged away in love in dread repairing screens getting the mowers sharpened rolling and patching their new tennis court Updike 800 This shows how Richard feels somewhat guilty about the decision to separate because he is using his ability to fix things around the house as a way to make up for the dreaded news he is about
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