The story “Like a Winding Sheet” written by Ann Petry demonstrates the frustration and anger of the poor couple of black people, who live in “Ghetto’ during the mid to early twentieth century. As this story unfolds, it becomes understandable, that the racism and frustration bring about the unforeseeable climax of the anger. This feeling of anger has festered within the mind of Johnson, who is one of the main characters in this story. It illustrates the real nature of how injustice and insults can fester. Of course, it also leads to the blind anger along with the domestic violence even in spite the fact that Johnson brings the bout of his own downfall due to his misconception about the racism, job and wife.
There are some points which should be mentioned and outlined by the readers. For example, it is required to pay attention to the relationship between Mae and Johnson, and it would appear to be the proper and good one. The author points it out with the Johnson’s words which tell that he plan to get up before Mae for surprising her with the help of delicious breakfast.
Definitely, everyone can notice that these people sincere love each other so much. We can see the confirmations of this when reading the story and seeing that they always play with each other when come back home. But they could go to sleep and prepare for the next working day. But they still want to spend time together. One more sign which proves Johnson’s love for Mae is when they argued about they were late for the work. And in this case, the author describes Jonson in the following way and tells that he couldn’t bring himself to talk to Mae or even threaten to strike her as lots of other men would do.
Even though this appears from the outward the appearance to be normal relations it’s hard to ignore the inward emotions that Johnson has been keeping bottled up. But even in spite of this fact, it explains how Mae has the ability to be refreshed and energetic all the time and even after the working night.
One more point which should be mention while analyzing this story that it was the early years of the 20th century. It is mentioned separately because at that time it was not so easy to find the proper job, especially for black men who had no education and special trade. Taking into account this fact, readers understand that Jonson should be thankful that he has secured employment. By the way, there were so many men in their town who were just complaining and grumbling.
The story “Like a Winding Sheet” written by Ann Petry demonstrates the frustration and anger of the poor couple of black people, who live in “Ghetto’ during the mid to early twentieth century. As this story unfolds, it becomes understandable, that the racism and frustration bring about the unforeseeable climax of the anger.