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An Analysis Of The Painted Door By Sinclair Ross

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Labiba Alamgir

The Painted Door Analysis:


The story is taking place in a prairie. The first line of pg. 47 declares that. The same page is talking about a storm might be coming. I guess, there is a ocean near the prairie. On pg. 48, I found that the prairie landscape is discomforting due to the fact that it seems alive. It also talks about the farmsteads are there to intensify the situation. That same page talking about putting fire. It is taking place during winter, and may be somewhere during December. I think, the time is during the Great Depression of 1930's. In pg. 51 we found that John's farm is under mortgage. The same page tells, He works hard too much to earn some dollars. From pg. 52, I also found, he does not appoint any helper. In pg. 52, Ann remembers about their good time as well. Now, they are not having that of a easy life. They are tired by the labour. These all quotations proves that, the setting of the story is in a hill during the ...view middle of the document...

Her husband John is also an important character of the story. He is a flat, and static character because we do not know much about this character, and it does not show much changes.

Antagonist: Steven is the antagonist of this story. He influences Ann to cheat on his husband. He is a static character. This story never tells us how he thinks. We just know about his physical appearance. He also does not show any kind of change in his character. This makes him a static character. He is a flat character for not showing any variation in his character.

Conflict: This story has both internal, and external conflicts.

Internal: The internal conflict is in Ann. She is confused between her uncaring, boring husband, and handsome neighbour. She is fighting with herself because of these two man of her life.

External: The external conflicts are man vs. nature, and man vs. man. First one is the storm, and the Great Depression. Ann's husband was going far from her because of these two things. The man vs man conflict is between Ann, and his husband John. He does not pay enough attention towards Ann.

Foreshadowing: Ann is the character who foreshadows in this story. She remembers about other winters when she did not have to work hard so much. She could enjoy her time with John. John used to play cards with her, and they both used to visit their neighbours. This tells that the setting of this story is during the time of Great Depression. This also explains that Ann is is not happy with John anymore. The foreshadows of this story gives us a hint about the setting, and the conflict of the story.

Mood: The author of this story has maintained a sad, and depressed environment throughout the story.

Theme: The theme of the story is a wife being conflicted between her boring husband, and a handsome neighbour.

Narrator: This story has been told by using he,she, they so it is a third person.

Plot Order: This story has flashback or analepsis when Ann recalls her happy days of last winters. The story has prolepsis or flashforward when Ann, and John talks about a possibility of a dangerous storm.

Subplot: We do not have any subplot in this story.

Point of View: This story is written in limited omniscient point of view. We know about Ann's thoughts, but we do not know how John and Steven thinks in this story.

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