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The Painted Door

First English Essay on “The Painted Door” “Big stubborn fool – he goes his own way anyway. It doesn’t matter what becomes of me. In a storm like this he’ll never get home. He won’t even try.” This passage is an excerpt taken from Sinclair Ross’ “The Painted Door.” In context, this quote exemplifies the protagonist, Ann’s, inner struggle to put proper faith in her husband, John, whose absence during a devastating storm leaves her brooding, ultimately leading her down the forsaken path of adultery...

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Painted Door

The Painted Door Within modern day couples, a healthy relationship is made up of the right amount of time to be together and the appropriate time for each individual. Sinclair Ross' short story The Painted Door, is about a wife that commits adultery due to the isolation she feels from her husband. The story begins with a farmer's wife named Ann, who is left alone for the day while her husband John, leaves to visit his father in a massive blizzard. Ann is already more than upset with her boring...

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The Painted Door

“The Painted Door” Ann murdered John. Through this parable Ann is constantly makes mistake after mistake and it leads to her pushing John away and out of her life. Ann should tell John how she feels and tell him what she wants in life instead of containing it inside her until she begins to hate the man she loves. Ann expects a great amount from John. She wants the perfect house, husband and life. Ann’s selfishness of wanting everything does not just kill her and John’s relationship but it kills...

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The Painted door

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...

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"The Painted Door" by Sinclair Ross

must present themes which are relevant to the reader, in order for it to make an impression. For this reason, short stories tend to be based on some type of controversy or debatable issue. In Sinclair Ross' highly metaphorical short story "The Painted Door", the explicit theme is centered on adultery. However, there are other, more subtle, motifs in the story that play a very significant a role in its success. The themes essential in making the protagonist's adultery understandable are the landscape...

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The Painted Door: A Critical Response

Title The title makes me think back to when Ann was painting the woodwork. It could hold a meaning that while Ann was painting the door she reflected upon the last seven years of her marriage. I say this because she was so upset that John left and being alone in a house while painting could lead to in-depth thinking. As the reader, The Painted Door could also express the fact that Ann wanted something new in life, so she decided to try something new, in other words, having an affair with...

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Analysis of John from the Painted Door

An Analysis of John from The Painted Door John, a character of Sinclair Ross’ short story, The Painted Door, is a very admirable character. A struggling farmer, he resides in a small farmhouse alongside his wife of seven years, Ann. During a raging snowstorm, John ventures to his father’s house to assist him. This leaves Ann alienated in the farmhouse. John arranges for his friend Steven to visit Ann and accompany her during her isolated hours. While he is visiting, Steven seduces Ann, and they...

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The Painted Door Theme Essay Grade 11

The Painted Door – Essay Assignment James Sinclair Ross was a Canadian banker as well as an author. He was most well-known for his short stories set on the Canadian prairies. In Ross’ short story The Painted Door, Ann and her husband John live on a farm in Saskatchewan in the 1800s. While a snowstorm is approaching, John leaves for his father’s farm to help him look after the chores, leaving Ann by herself in the storm. The theme of The Painted Door is isolation leads to irrationality and misery...

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The Painted Door

“The Painted Door” The natural landscape and the winter storm in “The Painted Door” serve as a metaphor for Ann’s sense of isolation. Sinclair Ross, the author of the short story, intelligently uses imagery to add atmosphere to the story and enhance the readers understanding of the emotions and mood of the protagonist, Ann. The isolation of the farmland is made abundantly clear as we learn the closest neighbouring farm is “five miles away,” and even then it would seem longer as the roads are “impassable...

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Painted Door

Premila Painted Door Ann and her husband John lived on a farm in rural Saskatchewan in the 1800’s. The couple were living in a largely uninhabited and desolate area of Saskatchewan. It was vast and bleak a wilderness that testifies of human hardihood and endurance. The barrenness of the surroundings in which Anne and John lived was almost unbearable, isolation and loneliness. The prairies of Saskatchewan are covered with snow with blue sky during winter. During a snow storm Ann’s husband decides...

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