“A Mirror” of the Alternation of Ethics --- The Ethical Selection of The Maples in Updike’s Separating

Min Wang


Separating, by John Updike, tells a story that happened in a middle-class family, where the protagonists the Maples decide to separate from each other, and they announce their decision to four children, thus resulting in a family conflict. This essay intends to analyze the choice made by the Maples and the reasons behind them, hence revealing the changes in American marriage thoughts and the contradictions that exist in American marriage life in the 1960s.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijl.v13i6.19339

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