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Living in the Land The land has always been a source of opposing forces life and death joy and sorrow good and bad The land and the weather has an effect on a persons state of mind beliefs values and most important perspective The land has been used in literature countless times and in countless ways Sometimes the land is used merely as a setting However in many cases the land is used as a challenge to man an obstacle to be overcome In The Painted Door The Broken Globe and Canadian Gothic the land is an antagonist In the short story The Painted Door by Sinclair Ross the land mirrors protagonist Anns thoughts and feelings and heightens the loneliness and stress she is experiencing building a wall between her and her husband John This internalization of the land is essential to the storyline as it shows rather than tells the emotional turmoil Ann is going through Even the distant farmsteads she could see served only to intensify a sense of isolation Scattered across the face of so vast and bleak a wilderness it was difficult to conceive them as a testimony of human hardihood and endurance Rather they seemed futile lost Ross 277 Anns emotions are not out of control but the effect of the land agitates her state of mind to the point where she is more aware of what is going on inside of her and begins to think even more about her dysfunctional relationship with John John believes that he devotes a great deal of himself to Ann but it is really the land that he is devoted to Concerning work he says I dont mind Look at the hands on me Theyre made for work Ross 230 While he works so hard for her he never sees her never even thinks to talk to her to ask her what she wants He sacrifices his time his youth his life
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