The Painted Door
Breaking of Bonds
“No man is an island, entire of itself”. This quote from John Donne, states that no person could live there life without communication from people around them. They must live in an environment where they can communicate freely with someone even if it would be just one person; but what would happen to someone who does not receive or give proper communication? In the story, The Painted Door a wife named Ann lives in a deserted country side where communication with other people is hard to come by. Her husband, John, is the only person who she has by her side on a day to day basis, yet he does not put Ann as his first priority due to his obsession with working hard to pay of his debts. Due to this she feels as though she is locked out of society and resorts to secluding her own personal feelings from anyone around her. Even though she is unable to find the love that she once had for John she is able to see that Steven is able to provide her with the many necessities that John is unable to give her. Throughout the story, Ann struggles to find the love she once had for John causing her to break her bonds with him. She begins to break her bonds through lack of attention, Seclusion of personal feelings as well as finding new love in Steven.
Throughout the story Ann always talks bout how she is unable to receive the attention she desires and is simply not cared for by John. Due to her lack of social interaction within the environment she lives in she tries to seek attention from anyone. When talking to John just before he leaves for his father's farm, Ann begs him to stay and keep her company yet he refuses to do so. “'It isn't right to leave me here alone. Surely I'm as important as important as your father...[John] But there is nothing to be afraid of even if it does start to storm. You won't need to go near the stable....I'll be back at the latest by seven or eight'”,(Ross,288). Despite Ann's plea for John to stay, she is completely ignored and all of John's attention is focused on his father. Instead of trying to comfort her he tries to change Ann's mind by telling her that she will be alright even if the storm hits and that she does not even have to go outside and do any work. This shows how John does not take into consideration how scared Ann might be during the storm . Instead he puts the job of taking care of the farm into far greater priority evidently showing how Ann receives little to no attention at all from John. As a result of this Ann get put aside so that John can take care of his father. Later on in the story, as John is getting ready to leave he tells Ann how committed he is to get to his father's house and brings up the past where he claims that he never missed helping his father every time he needed it. “'You ought to know by now I wouldn't stay behind...no matter how it stormed. Twice a week before we were married I never missed and there were bad blizzards that winter to,'”(289). John has made it clear that he doesn't intend on staying. He shows Ann how committed he was to visit his father whenever he could even before he was married to her. His commitment to his father is far more important to him than staying at home to keep Ann company. Now Ann is certain that John's care for her is very little in comparison to his father. Due to Ann's lack of attention from John, Ann begins to break her bonds with John.
Ann believes that no one is truly there to give her the attention that she desires. John has set his eyes on helping his dad and refuses to stay no matter how much Ann begs of him. Due to this Ann tries to do the same and starts to seclude her own personal feelings from him in hopes of trying to get him to show the least bit of care for her. She does this by sarcastically telling him how all her needs have been met just as he is heading for the door. “'Yes – of course – I heard you...Plenty...
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