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LIKE A WINDING SHEET Like a Winding Sheet written by Ann Petry in 1945 is a story that begins with a black mans tough day at work but takes a twisted turn Johnson comes home after a hard day planning to kick his feet up and enjoy a relaxing evening at home with his wife Mae The bad sense of humour Mae possesses begins to send Johnson over the edge and suddenly something in him snaps Johnson brutally beats his wife quite possibly killing her This story is very shocking exposing to us a reality of our society racism In this essay I will try to show you that racism specially in the United-States can be a source for an imprisonment feeling for individuals in this case the black community I will first show you how Johnson might have felt imprisoned at work then at the caf and finally I will show you that the general pressure made on John was the reason for his final burst of violence First it is shown in the text that John has difficulty getting up in the morning Though it is implicit I think this shows that John has a problem that he is uncomfortable in the world and knows it will painful to once again go work at his oppressing job He then gets up and arrives at work late When his boss notices his being late he yelled at him and made him feel look nothing This passage lets us know that Johns workplace is very oppressing The workplace is a very social environment being black John must feel oppressed because of the way people act in general with him Also being black he probably has to do more then other white people John had to live with these inequalities and could not do anything without risking losing his job He was totally helpless in his workplace and could not contest any of theses
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