Rabbit, Run | Study Guide

John Updike

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John Updike

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Drama, Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Part 1 of Rabbit, Run is told by a third-person narrator who follows Rabbit's perspective and has access to Rabbit's internal experience. In Parts 2 and 3 the narration sometimes follows other characters' perspectives, presenting their thoughts and internal monologues.


Rabbit, Run is narrated in the present tense, except for flashbacks, which are told in past tense.

About the Title

The protagonist of Rabbit, Run, Harry Angstrom, is a former high-school basketball star whose teammates called him Rabbit—an acknowledgement of his speed and nervous agility. Now in his mid-20s, unhappy in his marriage and dreary job, Rabbit finds solace in running through town to clear his head and in running away from the life in which he feels trapped. As it is a rabbit's nature to run from predators—and to have extreme sexual energy—it is Rabbit Angstrom's nature to run from responsibilities, unpleasantness, or confrontation.


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