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Johnson?s everyday routine causes anger and frustration to build up inside him. Get up, go to work and come home; get up, go to work and come home. The routines of standing in line to punch a timecard, to pick up his paycheck or even get a cup of coffee are frustrating. Walking steadily up and down the aisles pushing a cart day after day watching the women bicker among themselves seemed to make him tense. Johnson complains to his boss that his legs ache from being on them all day and he is not able to get enough rest to make his legs feel better. The hustle and bustle of trying to catch a long subway ride home was almost unbearable.
The main character?s first confrontation with his wife starts with a simple observation ?Why it?s Friday the thirteenth.? The wife who?s clearly more childlike than the husband says ?I shouldn?t go outa the house.? He spent fifteen minutes arguing? with her talking to her ?persuasively, urging her gently, and it took time.? This relationship clearly states that the main character and wife, have little arguments like this one showing the main characters repression of his id and even saying ? he couldn?t bring him self to talk to her or threaten to strike her? clearly showing emotional repression. Clearly, predicting a cycle of emotional repression.
Now at work the main character push?s his kart. While ?thinking that is this was his plant he?d make a lot of changes in it.? As he?s passing his foreman, he can tell she is ?sore?. ?Hey, Johnson.? she shouts at him. She says ?You?re late again.? And he replies with ?That?s right. My legs were bothering me.? Hs foremen became angry, her ?face grew redder, angrier looking.? She begins ranting about how he?s constantly making excuses, all while he stands there and takes this verbal abuse. Keeping his id repressed so he doesn?t do anything violent to her. But she go?s to far saying ?I?m sick of you niggers.? The main character steps closer to her ?You got the right to cuss me four way to Sunday but I ain?t letting nobody call me a nigger.? His id is boiling ready to take control but ?he couldn?t bring...
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