The painted door

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Sinclair's short story "The Painted Door" is a tragic story, about loneliness, confusion, and frustration. The three characters in this story all have their own personal dilemmas, which tie up into one immense problem. A husband who is simple, hard working man, is not consurned about himself, and is comitted to keeping his wife happy. His wife, who is dedicated to him, but feels neglected bt him, is in desperate need for love and comfort. A very handsome, confident neighbour, is anxious to ease her emotions by taking advantage of her situation. The "Painted Door" is so well written, with ordinary human-like characters, the readers is able to understand the different desires each character wants. Since there characters were produced so well, the reader is able ro accept and grasp the characters actions at the end of the story.

The character of John, is a simple generous man who thinks he has to serve his wife ro pleaseher.

He believes that hes wife cannot love him for who he is. So he works long hours to made up for his big hulking body, bad looks, and his simple mind. He has determination to give her things that his wife does not need, but wants. He also has a commitment to his father, because of his father's age, and his distance away from him. In the story, a storm breaks out and John goes over to his fathers house to make sure he is okay. Like every other storm, when he leaves he always returns. When he returns, he sees his wife with the neighbour (intimately), and is heaart-broken. He is now very confused, and thinks that his wife wants to have a new enjoyable life. Since he wants to make his wife happy, he goes back out into the...