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The Painted Door Presentation

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Akram El Turk

on 26 October 2012

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By: Sinclair Ross The Painted Door Represents importance of the door
She paints door to keep her mind busy while waiting for her husband to return in the storm
Change in her desire is represented by the change of the color of the door Summary Significance of Title Ann and her husband John live on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. It's set in the 1800's during a snow storm. Ann's husband decides to travel to his father's farm to help him with chores, even though a snow storm has started. Ann tries to keep herself busy around the house so that she will not worry about her husband, and paints the door to the house. Later on, their neighbor, Steven, comes by to help Ann with the chores, but it turns into a scandalous night in bed. Ann realizes the next day that John had walked in on them and then out into the storm, where he froze to death. Themes Devotion vs. Betrayal
Tragic Irony
Seclusion John Doesn't think highly of himself.
Devoted husband who believes that he should take care of everything for Ann.
Sacrifices everything to make his wife happy. Ex: "John never danced or enjoyed himself" (Ross293)
In the end, he even letting her be with another man, if that's what she wanted. Literary Devices Pathetic Fallacy
Symbolism The End Main Character
Story is told from her perspective, which helps the reader sympathize with her. Ann Presentation by: Akram. Rachel, and James Pathetic Fallacy Foreshadowing External Connections Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
-Mahatma Gandhi The author matches the coming storm and the build up to it with Ann’s mood growing increasingly angry and desperate. As the storm becomes more and more hectic Ann gives in to her desires and sleeps with Steven. When she wakes up, the wind has died down and the storm has passed, leaving Ann with just regret and guilt. Anne is awoken suddenly from a dream about John walking into the room and seeing her sleeping next to Steven. She realizes it was just a dream and goes back to sleep. The reader discovers at the end of the story that it was not just a dream, and he had caught them. The reader is put on edge when experiencing the dream of Ann’s, feeling pity for both her and John. They are calmed when they realize it was just a dream and did not happen. The readers later find out that her husband has a stain of paint on his hands verifying that he had actually seen her in bed and he killed himself because of it Thematic Statement In the short story “The Painted Door” by Sinclair Ross, the author examines the needs of the individual and the needs of the couple in a relationship. The author contends that although it is admirable to be selfless to those one loves, one also must be selfish at times in order to remain happy in a relationship. Indeed, to create a loving, lasting relationship, both partners must be explicit about their needs, but must also be able to compromise. Tone The tone of this short story is dark, dreary, and lonely. The weather outside plays a key role in getting the tone of the story across to the reader. The author describes the snow storm with words such as “eventual fury”, “blustering and furious”, and “insane and dominant”. These words can also be used when describing Ann’s ever changing feelings about John. Diction The level of diction used is moderate to help readers easily understand the plot of this story. Its intended audience is high school students, whose level of diction matches this story’s, so readers can more easily comprehend the meaning behind the story. Symbolism The Painted Door The painted door symbolizes the metamorphosis of Ann from devoted housewife to unfaithful widow.The author uses this literary device to support the change of Ann being a flat character (who dislikes her life and wishes for something different) to a complex round character (who feels guilt and sorrow for the horrible sin she had committed). She is thought of as a bitter woman, unhappy with how things are but not willing to change them. Until she awakes from her sleep and realizes what a mistake she has made The Storm The Storm is another symbol incorporated by the author. The storm represents the internal struggle that Ann is facing. She seems to become closer and closer to committing her sin as the storm becomes worse. As the raging storm continues and she finally makes her decision to sleep with Steven, her husband is fighting through it to keep his promise and return to her. When he finds out that she has slept with Steven, John cannot handle it and kills himself. Similarly her actions and emotions kill john mentally, while the storm kills John physically Conflicted between Choosing what is right or what she desires Does not like her life because it possesses no excitement that a young girl needs Regrets her mistake when she sleeps with Steven and is devastated when her husband is found dead near their home The theme we identified to have the most significant presence in "The Painted Door" by Sinclair Ross, is devotion versus betrayal. We see many pieces of literature, media, and film , with devotion vs betrayal from both the present and the past. Here are some examples of these thematic connections The Bible Judas was a devoted and loving follower just like all of Jesus' disciples, but that does not mean he was impervious to greed. He was compromised by the high priest who wished to kill Jesus. He used material objects or money to trade Judas for the location of Jesus and the fact that he would take a bribe knowing that it would hurt the one he had once devoted himself to, shows that even though one may care for another we are still human and are not impervious to acts of betrayal, greed and conflict between one another Continued.... Mark 13:12: When the gospel of mark explains that those of faith would eventually be placed in a situation which would force them to choose between their families and their faith and the hostilities of living in a struggling and breaking world would lead to betrayal of those who they had once showed devotion.

The Psalms explain in 55:12 that you can always hide from your enemies when they betray or hurt you but when someone you hold dear to your heart i.e a friend, a family member... someone who has devoted themselves to you and vice versa, is the only person who can really hurt you The Tudors The Tudors The Tudors is a miniseries based on the life of King Henry the eighth, and we see the external connection in the corrupt love life this man lived. For example at one point the king had married a total of six women and showed them each devotion and love. However, he commits the ultimate act of betrayal towards these women when he acts out with murder when they can bear his child. I Thought You Said Forever ?
What does forever mean to you?
When you couldn’t even keep it true
You said were you’d forever be there
But were those just words pulled from thin air?
Did you actually love me?
Did you really see the feelings I see?
The truth, the love, the loyal tears
The betrayal, hate, and the fear
I thought you felt the same
That you would cover me in the rain
I thought forever and always was forever
But now there’s not an us…never
You said you’d always be there for me
But now I truly see
That you never saw the feelings in my soul
Now you’ve pierced my heart with a hole
But my heart has healed
Now I have friends that are real
And you're gone out of my life
Unable to pierce me with the heartbreaking knives
I thought forever was forever not just a word
But I guess that’s not I Thought You Said Forever ? This poem explains that although we may love and devote ourselves to one another and say it will never end, ultimately if it was not meant to be it will end up in either sadness or betrayal. This clearly defines the theme of devotion vs betrayal in the sense that misguided devotion can lead to betrayal.
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