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THE PAINTED DOOR BY SINCLAIR ROSS ENGLISH 30-1 After reading this amazing little story, please answer the following questions. 1. What early indications in the story suggest Ann’s discontent with her marriage to John? To what extent do you think this is justified? To what extent might her dissatisfaction be explained by the isolation and bleakness of the prairie winter setting? 2. What effect does loneliness have on Ann after John leaves the house? 3. How does the growing storm outside parallel Ann’s feelings? 4. Steven is an opportunist who quickly assesses the situation and is confident that he can take advantage of it. Give details to illustrate this. How does Ann react to Steven’s quiet self-assurance and his readiness to take advantage of the situation? 5. How does Ann’s sense of guilt almost immediately begin to manifest itself” What does she resolve to do? 6. Identify and symbols or motifs that you found in the story. What did they add to the story? 7. Describe the author’s style. Comment on the effectiveness of that style of relation to the story’s content or theme. 8. Some readers regard the ending as a surprise ending, yet is shouldn’t come as a surprise since Ross has carefully prepared the reader for the outcome. How has he done this? 9. Without using the words all, every, always and never, write a theme statement that is true to the characters in the story. WRITING ASSIGNMENT Chose either Steven or Ann as your character and write a letter to the other character expressing their thoughts and feelings about the events after the discovery of John. With a partner, brainstorm some ideas that could be touched upon in the letter. Light will guide you home and ignite your bones.
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