Literary Techniques Used In Painted Door By Sinclair Ross

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In “Painted Door” Sinclair Ross establishes setting as both an antagonist and a plot device in order highlight Ann’s isolation and John’s bitter betrayal. Throughout the novel Ross employs connotative diction to construct the weather into an additional character. The blizzard became “so fierce… so insane and dominant” (Ross 7) that John and Ann are “at the mercy of the storm.” Ross’s use of apt diction and personification heightens the storm's power and accentuates its ominous tone. At first, the storm parallels and furthers Ann’s feelings of being isolated and trap making the silence ever more present. Later on, Ross uses the weather to distant Ann and John which makes Steven all the more desirable. Finally, the storms almost villainous nature
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