Study Guide

Rabbit, Run Characters

By John Updike

Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom

Twenty six year old Rabbit is six foot three, smart, talented, athletic, sexy, and has the gift...

Janice Angstrom

The picture we get of Janice is sketchy, because it’s mostly from Rabbit’s point of...

Nelson Angstrom

Although Nelson, Rabbit and Janice's son, is only a toddler in the novel, he's a driving force...

Rebecca June Angstrom

Rebecca is another example of a minor character that packs a punch. We don’t get to know...

Ruth Leonard

Ruth, an ex-prostitute, a sexually experienced woman, and an atheist, provides alternative...

Jack Eccles

Eccles is about the same age as Rabbit, and they get pretty close at moments. Eccles even tells...

Marty Tothero

We learn from Rabbit at the beginning of the novel that Rabbit finds Tothero a powerful figure in...

Mrs. Rebecca Springer

Janice’s mother could be seen as Janice’s own personal antagonist. Her hateful words...

Mrs. Mary Angstrom

Rabbit’s mom is a powerful figure in his life. At one point, after the baby’s death,...

Mr. Springer

Rabbit considers Mr. Springer, his father-in-law, a bully and part of the trap. It’s not...

Mr. Earl Angstrom

We don’t get much information about Earl Angstrom, though we know he and Rabbit’s...

Margaret Kosko

We only meet her on two occasions. Rabbit hates her and thinks she resembles Janice. She’s...

Lucy Eccles

She’s an atheist but married to Jack Eccles. She’s also a big fan of Freud. And...

Miriam Angstrom

Mim is Rabbit’s little sister. He loves her dearly. She seems to represent his idea of...

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith gives Rabbit a job tending her luscious garden. She represents the generation before...