By Brian Keener
The comedy in John Updike's most vital works--The Centaur; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is wealthy; Rabbit at relaxation; and Rabbit Remembered--defines a comic book international and its morality. even supposing critics have didn't realize the level and the significance of Updike's comedy, his severe fiction does include a good buy of farce, burlesque, and irony that, faraway from being peripheral or mere comedian aid, depicts the absurd and contradictory nature of lifestyles. inside of this sort of international, set within the daily Pennsylvania of the second one half the 20th century, humans mature, or achieve Kierkegaard's moral sphere, through enjoyable their societal and generational duties. George Caldwell of The Centaur is Updike's paragon, whereas Rabbit Angstrom embodies the comedian hero who, via trial and mistake, eventually matures. total, via an research of Updike's comedy, this publication finds a measurement of his fiction that's necessary to realizing his paintings.
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A comic discussion between March and Caldwell illustrates the distinction between the meticulous man and the comic hero. When, during a basketball game, the despairing Caldwell urgently seeks the minister’s counsel, March is appalled by “this preposterous interruption” of his ﬂirtation with Vera. Irked, March attempts to ﬂee “this tall tousled maniac” (189). ’ he shouts. ‘A basketball game is no place to discuss such matters’ ” (189). Caldwell’s burlesque, however, exposes March. Soon, the minister terminates 32 | John Updike’s Human Comedy the interview: “He ﬁrmly restores his attention to Vera, presenting to Caldwell a proﬁle as handsome and ﬁnal as if stamped onto an imperial coin” (189).
When, during a basketball game, the despairing Caldwell urgently seeks the minister’s counsel, March is appalled by “this preposterous interruption” of his ﬂirtation with Vera. Irked, March attempts to ﬂee “this tall tousled maniac” (189). ’ he shouts. ‘A basketball game is no place to discuss such matters’ ” (189). Caldwell’s burlesque, however, exposes March. Soon, the minister terminates 32 | John Updike’s Human Comedy the interview: “He ﬁrmly restores his attention to Vera, presenting to Caldwell a proﬁle as handsome and ﬁnal as if stamped onto an imperial coin” (189).
Both in his mythic and realistic guises, the teacher is a survivor. The tumultuous classroom scene in Chapter One illustrates Caldwell’s resiliency. In pain, he returns to the classroom; undercut by the mischievous Zimmerman (“Please behave, boys and girls, as if I were not present” ) and tormented by the students, he nevertheless manages to complete his lecture. When the cutup Deifendorf responds curtly, “Caldwell disarmed his impudence by agreeing. He had been teaching long enough to keep a step or two ahead of the bastards occasionally” (34).
John Updike's Human Comedy (Modern American Literature) by Brian Keener