Symbolism In The Painted Door

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The protagonist in “The Painted Door", Is Ann who is struggling for happiness in her marriage and inner satisfaction, Ann feels that she is simply an adjunct on her husband, Since she is a farmer’s wife, she feels an increasing isolation especially during the winter month. And on the other hand the fire seems to comfort Ann from the sense of isolation and protects her from the cold; the fire also seems to bring her a sense of security. When the silence becomes too much for Ann to bare, the fire seems to help her cope. "It was the silence again, aggressive, hovering. The fire spit and crackled at it."(50) The fire fights the loneliness that Ann feels. Sinclair believes that when humans have to deal with isolation, the way they behave with certain
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