by John Updike
The Plot Line:
Rising Action: The rising action starts right after Judith, their first child, arrives home from England. They all get right at home and things seem a little off. When they sit down for dinner is when things get weirder.
Climax: The story reaches its most intense spot right when the kids find out about the separation. Everyone just kind of loses it in their own way some of them don't know how to react and others get a little crazy.
Falling Action: The falling action is mostly what all of the family end up doing. The boys head outside while the girls stay in and talk.
Resolution: At the end when Richard gets out of bed to get his other son and when he talks to him about everything, it shows a touching family moment it seems like they haven't felt in a while.
Theme: Family is there even if you can't see it
Richard and Joan
Richard and Joan are the separating parents who have just seem to have grown apart. Richard is a more emotional character while Joan seems more collected.
John and Margaret
John and Margaret are the two younger siblings in the family. When they hear the news of their parents separation they are a little more than flabbergasted.
Judith and Dickie
These two are the eldest siblings. Judith just came back from England to hear the news. She was not that concerned but maybe a little upset. Dickie was almost the same way. He was much more understanding of the whole thing.