Separating John Updike Analysis

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Dealing with the consequences of a major decision is an inevitable aspect of life. Unfortunately some decisions can not be undone; and, therefore must be accepted. In John Updike’s “Separating” Richard Maple faces the final moments of one such decision. Although the author makes it clear that Richard is the catalyst for the impending separation between himself and his wife Joan, throughout the short story he begins to regret the consequences of the couple’s decision. Updike utilizes a limited omniscient point of view in order to present an intimate insight into Richard’s thoughts during this turning point in his life, while maintaining an emotional detachment from the events as they unfold. Through a limited omniscient narrator, Updike
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