Topics: Short story, Fiction, Protagonist Pages: 4 (1540 words) Published: June 23, 2013
Comparative essay

Comparing the lamp at noon and the painted door

Submitted by Jacob Skeard

Submit to Mrs. Howe

Thursday June 6th /13

You see it in everyday life; many ordinary people have very difficult decisions to make that will shape their life. For example, Ann from “The Painted Door” is shown as a protagonist because of the way her character is, she is very lonely, depressed and sad and what she does because of these feelings affects her life tremendously. Paul, from “Lamp at Noon”, is also shown as the protagonist because he is doing his best to support his family and make a living for them, but gets no appreciation for it. The protagonists, antagonists and secondary characters shape the story and each character influences the story in a tremendous way. The two stories illustrate similarities in character to show that loneliness can have a huge impact on life and promote bad choices. In the story “The Painted Door” Ann is recognized as the protagonist. She is partially to blame for many of the tragic things that happen in the story, such as John’s death, her depression, and her secret affair with Stephen. The way Ann decides to do things has a big impact on the outcome of the story, Moore reinforces this idea when she explains that “Although John does not pay much attention to Ann, it is Ann's fault because she never tells John that she would rather he spent more time with her than working. She also drives John to commit suicide because she "sleeps" with Steven, making John think that she doesn't love him anymore.” (Moore) Ann is a very lonely and unhappy woman, which may be because she hides her actual feelings from John. Ann has a very hard time staying home alone when John leaves for the night. She does many things to try and keep her mind occupied. However, because she is so lonely and Stephen, a neighbor and friend of Johns, comes over to play cards with her, she messes up and does things she regrets later. The actions she decided to...
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