Theme Of Loneliness In The Painted Door

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In both of his short stories, Ross clearly shows how both of his characters suffer from alienation and loneliness. Particularly, in “ The Painted Door” , Ross shows how Ann is isolated in her marriage, as well as of social events. Ann is a farmer’s wife who lives isolated from civilization because of both the distance between her and her neighbours, as well as the harsh winter weather. Ann is often forced to stay alone, where “ the distant farmstead she could see only served to intensify a sense of isolation” (Ross 289) . This physical separation can be directly linked to social isolation. Ann is isolated with no one to talk to, and has to resort to speaking to herself, slowly convincing herself in doubt, with no one to set her straight
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