The Painted Door

Topics: Marriage, Psychology, Thought Pages: 3 (864 words) Published: June 23, 2013
Brea McGillivray & Devan Buchanan
Mrs. Bakken
ELA A30
February 23, 2013

Ann’s motivation for the affair comes from a number of psychological theories and reasons. A big part of her wanting to cheat was because she was not satisfied with her and John’s sexual relationship and needed to give in to her Id. By sleeping with Steven, she was giving into her Id (desire for sex). Even though she was unhappy, she feared confrontation and would never actually say anything to John because she knows that he only works as hard as he does because he wants to provide for her. This is part of the problem she is having – him working is leaving no time for them to enjoy their relationship. She had been making comparisons between her husband and Steven for the entire time that they had been married, and was always subconsciously lusting for him.

Parapraxia; an accidental slip up that reveals inner thoughts/desires. While John is away, the thought of being with Steven is continually slipping into her mind. She catches her slip-ups, and then tries to convince herself otherwise even though her subconscious knows exactly what she really wants. She is comparing John and Steven and revealing who and what she truly wants. “While John, she made the comparison swiftly, was thickest, heavy-jowled, and stooped. He always stood before her helpless, a kind of humility and wonderment in his attitude. And Stephen now smiled on her appraisingly with the worldly-wise assurance of one for whom a woman holds neither mystery nor illusion” (Ross 57). She has just made a direct comparison between her husband and Steven and revealed which characteristics she prefers. “For his presumption, his misunderstanding of what had been only a momentary weakness, instead of angering quickened her, roused from latency and long disuse all the instincts and resources of her femininity. She felt eager, challenged” (Ross 58). Her desires for Steven are appearing without her even being aware of it or...
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