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Elisa of The Chrysanthemums

- “Why-why Elisa…. You look strong enough to break a calf over your knee, happy enough to eat it like a watermelon.” (Steinbeck 232) Most people reading this would just pass it off as a tactless man’s attempt to compliment, but is that all it is. In “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa is a farm wife, whose only passion in life is found in her gardening. Henry, her husband, owns a farm and is oblivious to the monotony of Elisa’s life. Throughout the story, Henry is on the outside, never really understanding Elisa and how she feels....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums Essays]

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- The Odor of Chrysanthemums The locomotive engine may be symbolic of Walter. It is an overwhelming thing, strong and powerful, the way that Walter is a huge part of her life. However, it is also impersonable and cold, just as her relationship to her husband is. Her moments with her husband, like "the winding engine" are hurried "with brief pauses" (2113). Lawrence describes their intimacy as an "exchanging of nakedness," but without any real connection for long periods of time. The color red seems to symbolize death....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays]

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The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck

- When John Steinbeck mocks feminism he is trying to show how woman in the story are dominated by a male or by a male society in general. The work is introduced by finding the fault against all women. In the times when John Steinbeck wrote the story, The Chrysanthemums, women were seen as inferior. Many times men and women would perform a equal task, but the women would be oppressed just because of their gender The women were not seen in the same respect in any aspect that men were. The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums essays]

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Epiphany of Elisa in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Epiphany of Elisa in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums John Steinbeck described Elisa Allen in "The Chrysanthemums" only with her language and actions. From these, the reader gathers that Elisa is strong, lean, and eager; the way she talks confidently about her chrysanthemums not only shows her confidence, but her way of filling the void of intimacy in her marriage. However, by the end of the story, the reader finds Elisa completely different, signifying the toll her epiphany has had on her....   [tags: Literature Steinbeck Chrysanthemums Essays]

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The Chrysanthemums

- In Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" Elisa, poster woman for the feminist movement is a victim of her environment by disconnected. Working attempts to change and coming to realization that she will remain oppressed. Elisa opens her door of acceptance to Tinkerman. She yearns for someone to understand her quest for adventure. Buried in the third world of individualism, behind her fenced flowers, she longs for escape. Despite her efforts, she looks forward to the recognition of her circumstance and imprisonment....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Chrysanthemums

- 1. The Chrysanthemums On Henry Allen's ranch east of Salinas Elisa plants yellow chrysanthemums as Henry is selling thirty head of cattle to agents of the Western Meat Company. After he and Scotty go to round up the cattle, a tinker shows up. He asks for work which Elisa says she hasn't. He asks for seeds for a lady on his route. Elisa gives him seedlings with instructions, and then she finds work for him which he does professionally. To celebrate the sale Henry drives her to Salinas for dinner at the Cominos Hotel and a movie; they drive past the tinker on the road and she privately weeps....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Character Roles in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Character Roles in Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums'; In “The Chrysanthemums'; by John Steinbeck, the role of Elisa shifts several times throughout the story, from the loving, sensitive wife, to strong, independent woman and back. This all comes about from a meeting with a traveling repairman. Her attraction to the repairman, and his apparent interest in Elisa’s prized chrysanthemums, gives her a feeling of strength that she does not achieve from being with her husband Henry....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Feminism in John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums   At first glance John Steinbeck’s "The Chrysanthemums" seems to be a story about a woman whose niche is in the garden. Upon deeper inspection the story has strong notes of feminism in the central character Elisa Allen.  Elisa’s actions and feelings reflect her struggle as a woman trying and failing to emasculate herself in a male dominated society. Elisa is at her strongest and most proud in the garden and becomes weak when placed in feminine positions such as going out to dinner with her husband....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Roman Fever and John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- "Roman Fever" and "The Chrysanthemums"  - A Comparison         The two short stories have different characters, plot and setting and yet they have a common ground in which human beings are deeply involved.  In short, the setting of each work powerfully suggests a rather calm, dull and peaceful mood at a superficial level; however, the main characters are struggling from the uncontrollable passions and exploding desire at heart.  First of all, in "The Chrysanthemums" the Salinas Valley is depicted as somewhat dull, like "a closed pot."  In addition, its geographical setting represents an isolated atmosphere, and, furthermore, Elisa's actions of handling  chrysanthemums can be translated i...   [tags: compare, contrast]

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Comparing Stories: The Astronomers Wife & The Chrysanthemums

- Recently, I saw a movie about female tennis champion – Billie Jean King, and although I have never been into the feminism (neither can I say that I quite understand it), her character woke up some other kind of sensitivity in me. After this – to me significant change – I could not help myself not to notice different approaches of John Steinbeck and Kay Boyle to the similar thematic. They both deal with marital relationships and it was quite interesting to view lives of ordinary married couples through both “male” and “female eyes”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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“The Chrysanthemums”: An Early Depiction of Gender’s Role

- The traditional role of women in the American society has transformed as society has trended towards sexual equality. In the past women were expected to be submissive to the man and were looked upon as homemakers rather then providers. Modern day women enjoy the freedom of individuality and are considered as capable as men in many regards. John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Chrysanthemums,” portrays a woman’s struggle with accepting her life and role as a female (459). Through the protagonist-female character, Elisa Allen, and the symbolism of chrysanthemums, Steinbeck displays the gender roles that define past generations of women’s lives in the United States....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck]

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John Steinbeck's The Chysanthemums

- Importance of Criticism To fully appreciate literature, we must look at it from every angle possible. There are many ways to criticize a piece of literature. Each way helps a reader to better understand the work in its own different way. I hope to outline and give examples of the many different ways that the short story The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck can be interpreted. The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck One morning an energetic housewife named Elisa Henry is working busily in her garden, watching in secret interest as her husband sells cattle to another man....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Characters Reactions To Situations

- As Henry James sees it, characters are only as interesting as their responses to particular situations. This is true not only in any piece of literature with a character but also in life. I following text is my exploration into characters and their reactions to situations in John Steinbeck’s, "The Chrysanthemums" and John Cheever’s, "The Five-Forty-Eight". Characters in both of these stories are full of passion and come alive in the text as you read them. It is this resurrection of the text to full life in your mind’s eye that is at the core why people like to read....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Trapped in Her Garden

- Throughout history, women have often been portrayed as inferior to men or considered the "weaker sex." As a result of these social assumptions, women have been fighting to dissociate themselves from this stereotype and gain their independence. John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" is a classic illustration of the frustration felt by a woman before she was observed as being more than just her sex. Elisa Allen, the main character, lives on a ranch in the Salinas Valley in California with her husband, Henry....   [tags: American Literature]

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Rise of the Independent Woman

- Throughout time women have struggled to acquire the same rights that any man has. There is proof throughout history that documents this struggle. On the week of June 10, 1937 The Saturday Evening Post published an article titled "A Truce With Men." It documents the closing of the gender rights gap around the 1920's and 1930's. The article states, "The woman of today has finally made peace with her men." From this statement one can define a few things. The first is that there is some sort of battle going on between the two sexes and this battle has been resolved....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Growing Up

- Growing Up Short story authors use symbolism to describe particular scenes without actually saying the words, which adds to the interest of the story. In Frank O'Connor's story "First Confession" and John Steinbeck's story "The Chrysanthemums", both authors use symbolism to enhance the readers insight of the story. Also, the symbolism offered by the authors provides the reader with a deeper look into the story, making the reader find more interest throughout. In "The Chrysanthemums", Steinbeck uses a betrayal issue as the basis of the story, where O'Connor's "First Confession" uses a religious basis....   [tags: essays papers]

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D.H. Lawrence

- Death in a Flower Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Is not marriage an open question, when it isalleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to getout, and such as are out wish to get in?"(Brainy Quote). Emerson's expressions are alltoo true for many married people as well as those in serious relationships. It seems thatengaging in marriage is a step that many take only to find out it was a mistake. Nothingis ever perfect in relationships as well as in life and in death....   [tags: Biography Summary of Works]

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ONE ATTEMPT

- ONE ATTEMPT 1. Every one of us strives to be better, accomplish more, and do it faster. Some of us may be occasionally disappointed, but it is whether or not we choose to try again that determines our success. John Steinbeck gives us one example of this in “Chrysanthemums”. [."] The theme of this story is that although most people are eager to do more and try different things with their life, not everyone will succeed with this attempt. [This is not a very fruitful thesis -- the story deals primarily with a problem of just women, not "most people."] 2....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Compare Passage A, which is a transcript in which a women working in a

- Compare Passage A, which is a transcript in which a women working in a pub, talks about the different managers she has worked under, and passage B, which is an extract from, Odour of Chrysanthemums, a short story by D H Lawrence. Upon reading both passages I can clearly view numerous comparisons and differences. Initially, the subject, (meaning of the text) is extremely different in both extracts. Passage A is a transcript in which a women working in a pub, talks about the different managers she has worked under....   [tags: English Literature]

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Horse Dealer Daughter mythology

- Cosmological Life Cycles In “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter” Cosmological myths serve the purpose of explaining existence, particularly to less scientifically advanced cultures. These myths, or stories, were created as a way of dealing with the questions regarding the universe which could not be answered concretely. Cosmic myths include creation myths, flood myths, apocalyptic myths, and afterlife myths. Examples of all of these aspects of the cosmological life cycle are present in D.H. Lawrence’s “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter”....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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David Herbert Lawrence

- David Herbert Lawrence Born on the eleventh day of September in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was the fourth child of an illiterate coal miner. Lawrence was raised in a small mining town of Eastwood, Nottingham by his mother who happened to be a school a teacher. Threw his childhood David Herbert shared a very close relationship with his mother. Lawrence first started his education in a grammar school, which he had won a scholarship to, and later attended Nottingham University College. When he finished college, Lawrence decided to move to Croydin, just south of London to began his teaching career....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Edgar Degas

- Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas was born on July 19, 1834, at 8 rue Saint-George's in Paris. His father, Auguste, a banker, was French, and his mother, Célestine, an American from New Orleans. The family name "Degas" had been changed to "De Gas" by some family members in Naples and France in order to sound more aristocratic; the preposition indicated a name derived from land holdings. Degas went back to using the original spelling sometime after 1870, and that is how we spell his name today.He was destined for a law career, but instead entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studies with Louis Lamothe....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Mexican Day of the Dead

- This is an ancient festivity that has been much transformed through the years, but which was intended in prehispanic Mexico to celebrate children and the dead. Hence, the best way to describe this Mexican holiday is to say that it is a time when Mexican families remember their dead, and the continuity of life. Two important things to know about the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) are: 1. It is a holiday with a complex history, and therefore its observance varies quite a bit by region and by degree of urbanization....   [tags: Mexico Culture Holiday]

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The Expansion of Nakamura Lacquer Company Business

- The Expansion of Nakamura Lacquer Company Business Company has no business outside of the Japan and to be a global brand, so it’s require to expanding Nakamura Lacquer Company business outside Japan. U.S. could be big market for Nakmura “Chrysanthemum”product. Accepting offer from Semmelback, Semmelbach and Whittacker, Chicago Company achieve its goal to make more profit and to be a brand value outside of Japan....   [tags: Business Management Analysis Strategy]

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Japan

- Japan Slide Program Report Japan is a very small country, approximately 144,000 square miles (smaller than California), and is inhabited by a considerably large population of over 120 million people (half the United States!) This makes Japan the seventh most populous nation in the world. Japan is located at the far west side of the north pacific ocean, and consists of more than 4,000 islands. However, the Japanese people live on less than 10 percent of this land mass due to rough, mountainous, volcanic terrain, which make up a substantial 70 percent....   [tags: essays research papers]

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General MacArthur and the Emperor

- General MacArthur and the Emperor "If ever a picture was worth a thousand words, it was the image of General MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito standing side by side during their historic first meeting on September 27, 1945. In it, a casually dressed MacArthur towers over the stiff, formally attired Emperor. "What does it say?" asks historian Carol Gluck. "It says, I'm MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, and I'm in charge." For millions of Japanese, it brought home in an entirely new way the notion that they had lost the war." General MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito were considered to be two of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century....   [tags: Papers]

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John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums The Chrysanthemums is a story that takes place in the Salinas Valley of California. The story's main character is Elisa Allen. Elisa is thirty-five years old. She is a character that goes through development and many changes in the story. Throughout the story Elisa Allen goes through both physical and mental changes." In the beginning of the story Elisa is strong and eager"). She is working in her garden. Her husband Henry comes over to see her and asks her if she would like to go to town for dinner and a movie....   [tags: John Steinbeck The Chrysanthemums]

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John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums

- In John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums, the reader is introduced to the seemingly timid and shy Elisa Allen. Elisa is routinely planting her yearly sets of Chrysanthemums, which appear to be the sole receptor of her caring and gentle touch, but all the while it is evident that “the chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy.” Her hidden eagerness seems not only out of place, but out of touch with her dry and wilted surroundings, of which her husband, Henry, abruptly interrupts her steady pace....   [tags: John Steinbeck The Chrysanthemums]

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The Chrysanthemums

- Everything is everything in the world of short stories. Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums is full of thick rhetoric that raises questions and stirs the mind and imagination. Everything from the title, to the last line needs to be thought about more than once. The story isn't just about a farmer's wife who likes pretty flowers. Not in the least. The Chrysanthemums is a story about how Elisa Allen is forced to a life that she feels is trapping her. The story is set in the early twentieth century and these times don't allow for just any woman to leave her ordinary, socially and politically correct life....   [tags: World Literature]

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the chrysanthemums

- “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck The short story “The Chrysanthemums” shows how extraordinarily forward thinking the author, John Steinbeck, was in his understanding of the pressures that women dealt with in his time. Through the exploration and illustration of women’s emotions, Steinbeck gives us a view into the struggle of women in the early 20th century to find a place for themselves in society as well as establishing their own sexuality(Charters, 502). The story starts out with the description of a grey fog over the place where the story is set....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Chrysanthemums

- Chrysanthemums A good writer has many tools at hand that help them develop good story lines. There are literary techniques such as voice, point of view, character, theme, and symbolism. One very interesting technique is that of symbolism. With symbolism the author is able to write a story in which many of the actions around the main character seem to enhance the way the character develops. The use of symbolism to develop the characters is easy to see in the short story "the chrysanthemums" by John Steinback....   [tags: essays papers]

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Betrayal in "The Chrysanthemums"

- Betrayal in "The Chrysanthemums" In John Steinbeck's short story," The Chrysanthemums," there is a strong underlining of betrayal. We can see betrayal in three forms throughout the story. First we see Elisa being betrayed by the salesman who plays on her emotions by giving her a sales pitch only to get some work out of her. Then, in result to confiding in the salesman Elisa betrays her husband by opening herself up, and confiding to a complete stranger things which she couldn't reveal to her own husband....   [tags: American Literature]

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Chrysanthemums, A Review

- "The Chrysanthemums" introduces us to Elisa Allen, a woman who knows she has a gift for things, but can't make more use of it than to grow her chrysanthemums. She is trapped in the Salinas Valley, where winter's fog sits "like a lid...and [makes] the great valley a closed pot." Her human nature has made her complacent in ordinary life, but the short glimmers of hope offered by her flowers and a passing stranger reveal that there is more to Elisa than her garden. Her environment may be keeping her inside her small garden, but inside her heart there is a longing for more....   [tags: Book Reviews]

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Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” hosts a warm yet somber account of a woman’s hunger to find fulfillment and vitality in her mundane life and stagnant marriage. Steinbeck presents the turmoil stirring inside the main character, Elisa Allen, by mirroring the lackluster qualities in the surrounding landscape. Taking place in the early-twentieth century, it is clear to the reader that the marital discontentment of a woman in this era was an issue of shame and secrecy; therefore, the author chose to allude to Elisa’s restlessness with inferences and vague dialogue to portray her from an unbiased and truthful viewpoint to invoke compassion and solicitousness from the reader....   [tags: Literature]

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Symbolism in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"

- Symbolism in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" In "The Chrysanthemums" John Steinbeck develops a theme of limitations. The story is essentially a man in the mirror story where the rigid Elisa sees herself for the first time as trapped. Although Elisa has recognized her life as limited and confining, she sadly accepts her life as is and does nothing to rectify her situation. In John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" symbolism of the fence, the garden, and the chrysanthemums help illustrate the story by striking an emotional chord with the audience....   [tags: American Literature]

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John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- “The Chrysanthemums'; and Its Symbolism John Steinbeck uses symbolism to give alternate meanings to his short story “Chrysanthemums.'; A symbol is a device used to suggest more than its literary meaning. He uses these symbols to look further into the characters and their situations. The character Elisa has a garden, which is more than just a garden, and the chrysanthemums that she tends are more than just flowers. There are actions that she performs in the story, which also have other meanings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Chrysanthemums: Planting a Garden for Ourselves

- John Steinbeck is one of the most successful prize winning writers in the twentieth century. He has become a household name as his works of literature are still popular to this day. He has a "skill with which the themes, symbols and moral vision are expressed... and ensure his place with the best writers of his generation" (McCarthy 392). A few of his stories, such as "The Chrysanthemums" examines the "psychology and sexuality of strong women who must somehow express themselves meaningfully within the narrow possibilities open to women in a man's world." (Mitchell 517)....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Yellow Wallpaper and The Chrysanthemums

- Restraints are set by parents on their children to aid with the developmental process and help with the maturity level. Restrictions and the ability to control exist in our society and our lives. We encounter restraints daily: job, doors, people, and the most frequently used and arduous become intangible. In the following stories tangible and intangible scenarios are presented. Autonomy, desires, and talents spurned by the husbands in John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The authors share views regarding a similar theme of male domination and imprisonment....   [tags: Comparative, Allen, Steinbeck]

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Odour of Chrysanthemums: observations

- Odour of Chrysanthemums: observations ‘‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’’ was written between the end of the Victorian period in 1901, and the beginning of World War I in 1914. It was a time when England was still a powerful international force, and the head of a huge empire that extended from India to Nigeria, which demonstrated England’s political power and also provided a vast market for its manufactured goods. During the nineteenth century, England’s industrial machine had developed the factory system, which produced surplus goods for export....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing the Use of Symbols in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums and Glaspell's Trifles

- John Steinbeck wrote “The Chrysanthemums” where the protagonist, Elisa maintains her flower garden with a flower called Chrysanthemums. In a daily routine, Elisa’s husband Henry is a typical farmer who was busy with his orchard and steers, while Elisa, a housewife tends to her garden as the chrysanthemums were shown as Elisa’s children. Written by Susan Glaspell, “Trifle” was a play about Mrs. Wright who was put through an investigation where she was the main suspect in the case of her husband‘s death....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay]

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The Opening of DH Lawrence's Short Story Odour of Chrysanthemums

- The Opening of DH Lawrence's Short Story Odour of Chrysanthemums In the opening of the short story, "Odour of Chrysanthemums", DH Lawrence talks about how industry is dominating nature. He tells us how mankind cannot stand in industry's way and that it is like a monster we created, which we cannot defeat. The mood Lawrence tries to create in the opening is gloomy and lifeless which suggests that the story will be sad and tragic. The words he uses to achieve this are mostly negative....   [tags: Papers]

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Fragrant Conflict: Steinbeck "Chysanthemums"

- Within Steinbeck's story, "Chrysanthemums," the main character, Elisa Allen, is confronted with many instances of conflict. Steinbeck uses chrysanthemums to symbolize this conflict and Elisa's self-worth. By examining these points of conflict and the symbolism presented by the chrysanthemums, the meaning of the story can be better determined. The first time the reader encounters conflict occurs when Elisa is tending to her chrysanthemums in her garden. As she works, Elisa handles the flowers with care and compassion; she makes certain that nothing will come to harm them as though they were her own children; "No aphids were there, no sowbugs or snails or cutworms....   [tags: American Literature]

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ONE SIDED LOVE

- The story was written by John Steinbeck by the name “The Chrysanthemums”. The story takes a place on a farm in December 1938. The story is based on three characters: Elisa, her husband Henry, and the tinker. Elisa was 35 years old and was married to Henry. She was a hard workingwoman on a farm. It was a virile occupation, compared with her husband who was a businessman. Their relationship wasn’t normal. He didn’t see her as a lady, due to her unattractive appearance. One day the tinker passed by her house, and changed her life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbols of Alienation and Loneliness

- Symbols of Loneliness and Alienation According to DiYanni, Symbols in fiction are simply objects, actions, or even events that convey meaning. The meaning they convey extends beyond their literal significance, beyond their more obvious actual reason for being included in the story (Literature 95). In “The Chrysanthemums,” John Steinbeck reveals the theme of loneliness and alienation of a woman from her husband through his symbolic use of a realistic setting, character, tinker, chrysanthemums, and conversations....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck]

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Better Find Your Loving

- Better Find Your Loving Restraints are set by parents on their children to aid with the developmental process and help with the maturity level. Restrictions and the ability to control are present in our society and our lives. We encounter restraints daily: job, doors, people, and the most frequently used and arduous become intangible. In the following stories we are seen both the tangible and intangible scenarios. The Autonomy, desires and talents spurned by the husbands in John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The authors are of opposite sexes who share views regarding a similar theme of male domination and imprisonment....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Allen, Gilman, Steinbeck]

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Character Analysis: Elisa Allen

- John Steinbeck has a very engaging mind. He not only makes people think when they read his work; he makes them think through a number of scenarios with his tales. I believe that looking at this story, you sense this woman, Elisa Allen, is a woman who is very unhappy with her life. The only satisfaction Elisa gets out of life is being in her garden with her "family" of chrysanthemums. Elisa is very unsettled with her life as a whole. She does not like being stuck on the farm, away from the world and people outside her valley....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Photosynthesis in Relation to Light, Temperature and Water

- Photosynthesis in Relation to Light, Temperature and Water Light has three principal characteristics that affect plant growth: quantity, quality, and duration. Light quantity refers to the intensity or concentration of sunlight and varies with the season of the year. The maximum is present in the summer and the minimum in winter. The more sunlight a plant receives (up to a point), the better capacity it has to produce plant food through photosynthesis. As the sunlight quantity decreases the photosynthetic process decreases....   [tags: Papers]

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Loneliness and Despair: Recurrent Themes in Literature

- Not much is worse than feeling all alone in the world, feeling like no one cares or understands. The complete emptiness of being solitary for long periods of time is enough to drive someone crazy; enough to make up imaginary people living with in the confines of a room. It is enough to force an older woman to put complete confidence in a stranger that probably doesn't care at all. Lack of attention from a husband can be one of the worst forms of loneliness for a woman to endure. Every detail of both "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck drips in loneliness and solitude....   [tags: American Literature]

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How to Save Plants In The Winter

- Save some cash next spring by preserving geraniums, coleus and other plants this fall. With a little effort and a bit of luck, next spring you will have annuals ready for the garden. Geraniums are a popular pick to over-winter. If you have a sunny spot indoors, pot up the geraniums in fresh potting soil, cut the foliage back to 1/3 of its original size and bring them inside over the winter. Water when needed, usually about once a week. In late February or March, take cuttings from this plant and root them for fresh summer growth....   [tags: Instructional Essay, Process Essay, How-To Essay]

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Empowerment of Women

-      Most men view themselves as being the superior life-form in society. They justify this belief by saying that they are stronger and more capable; thus, making them more qualified for the important roles in society. They place themselves on pedestals and force women to believe in their own inferiority to men and their incapability to excel educationally, politically, economically, and domestically. But the truth is that women will eventually advance in all these areas and come to realize that they do not need men to survive....   [tags: Women's Empowerment Principles]

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Tales From The Mekong Delta

- Everything turns a beautiful blue. Sights, sounds, touch, and mind-sets are changed. Creativity flows freely from your mind to the hand to the pen and to the paper. This blue is "the blue that knows you and where you live and it's never going to forget"(107). The blue is the fix and excitement an addict gets from drugs. Addicts look for an escape. They feel that if they just have that hit they will enjoy life and its experiences to a fuller extent. In Kate Braverman's short story "Tall Tales From the Mekong Delta," she describes one woman's struggle with drugs and how she eventually turns back to them after being sober for so many years....   [tags: Addiction drugs mekong delta]

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The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck

- In the short story “The Chrysanthemums” John Steinbeck uses symbolism to reflect the characteristics of his main character Elisa Allen. Elisa, a married woman uncovers her deeply smothered femininity in an inconspicuous sense. Her life in the valley had become limited to housewife duties and the only sustenance that seemed to exist could merely be found in her chrysanthemum garden. Not until she becomes encountered with a remote tinker-man out and about seeking for work, does she begin to reach many of the internal emotions that had long inhibited her femininity....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums]

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Exploring John Steinbeck's Short Story, The Chrysanthemums: Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side?

- John Steinbeck used his short story, The Chrysanthemums, as a visual illustration to answer the adage, “Is the grass “really” greener on the other side?“ During The Great Depression, the American dream had become a nightmare. What was once the land of opportunity was now the land of desperation. What was once the land of hope and optimism had become the land of despair. The American people were questioning all the maxims on which they had based their lives - democracy, capitalism, individualism....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums]

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Symbolism in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

- Symbolism in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck At first glance John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums' seems to be a story of a woman whose niche is in the garden. Upon deeper inspection, the story reveals strong symbolisms of children, vulnerability, and connection--being the most important, of the main character. Elisa Allen is the main character who is at her strongest and most proud in the garden and weakened when she becomes vulnerable and loses her connection to the outer world. Elisa shows a new aura of confidence when she makes this connection to a peddler, who also is the cause of her realization of reality and her crying....   [tags: Papers Chrysanthemums Steinbeck Essays]

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Use of Symbols and Symbolism in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- Use of Symbols and Symbolism in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums            John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums" is about a proud, strong woman named Elisa Allen who feels frustrated with her present life. Her frustration stems from not having a child and from her husband's failure to admire her romantically as a woman. The only outlet for her frustration is her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums. Steinbeck uses chrysanthemums as symbols of the inner-self of Elisa and of every woman....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays]

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Character Analysis of Elisa Allen in The Chrysanthemums

- Character Analysis of Elisa Allen in "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck "The Chrysanthemums," written by John Steinbeck, captures one day in the life of a woman who yearns for a more fulfilling life. Elisa is first portrayed as a woman whose tasks are exceeded by her abilities. As the day continues, a stranger briefly enters her life and, through manipulative words, fills her heart with hopes of change and excitement. We learn that these newly-found hopes are crushed when Elisa eventually realizes that she has been used....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums John Steinbeck]

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The Chrysanthemums

- Most women have a sense of freedom and independence from their male counterparts, but they will not reach out away from their sheltered lives with a male to a new challenge or a new life. Women whom breakout of the their molds made by their significant other take a chance with life and try to become the independent woman others dream about at night. On the Allen’s farm, chrysanthemums flourish, but does Elisa Allen flourish with them. With tender care, the flowers grow heartily and healthily, though the one who tends them is not so satisfied with her rooting in life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Elisa and The Chrysanthemums

- ... Another example of Elisa being put down,was after the tinker acknowledged her chrysanthemums ,then said "They smell kind of nasty till you get used to them" and she retorted "It's a good bitter smell,not nasty at all". Having notice her defensive tone of voice, he quickly changed his tone claiming that he also liked the smell. One thing I noticed was that a compliment or something pleasant was said to her before she was bad-mouthed. I think Steinbeck underestimated women and what the work they could do, as many around the time he wrote the story did, because women were limited to house chores and basically caring for their homes,which is going to bring us to another example of the wagon...   [tags: literary analysis, book review]

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Attention Leads to Confidence in the Chrysanthemums

- Women, always have and always will love receiving attention; especially when that attention is from a male because girls just like feeling special above all else. In The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck, Elisa Allen likes this recognition as well. However, her husband Henry is selfish and too occupied to deal with Elisa and this makes her feel unimportant. Later on, when the man on the wagon arrives at the ranch Elisa and her chrysanthemums find the respect that every woman hopes to secure. Nonetheless, that respect given to Elisa was brief since the man discards her confidence and her chrysanthemums on the road....   [tags: John Steinbeck, Analysis]

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Marriage in "The Story of an Hour" and "Chrysanthemums"

- “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is closely related to the story “Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck. These stories relate with accordance in their thought of marriage to be an oppressive institution. Both stories show women who feel as though they are trapped, and feel unloved in their marriage. Mrs. Mallard felt as though she was trapped in her marriage, and she lost herself. With the same feelings, Elisa Allen also felt trapped and rather unloved from her husband. Kate Chopin and John Steinbeck express the same views on marriage in their short stories....   [tags: Literary Comparison]

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D.H. Lawrence's Odour of Chrysanthemums

- “Odour of Chrysanthemums,” by D. H. Lawrence, tells a story of a woman named Elizabeth Bates, who is married to a man that works in the mines. The couple has two children, and they are expecting their third child. There is a lot trouble between them. The Bates family lives in poverty. The house where they live has no electricity and it needs to be lit up with torches. One night Mrs. Bates waits for her husband to come back home from work to serve dinner, but he never shows up. She thinks he may be drinking with his friends, and that maybe his friends are going to bring him back home drunk as usual....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

- ... She hides her face as she cries. Several themes and symbols are prevalent in this story. Elisa is a representation of women in the 1920’s. She is a stereotypical housewife. Women were perceived as objects and not people that have thoughts and feelings. Intellectual women had an even worse time than others. When she learned of the tinkers glamorous lifestyle (compared to hers), she envied him. Even just discussing the idea of a working woman was ludicrous to him. Henry and the tinker represent the paternalism of the era....   [tags: short stroy analysis]

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Struggles with Individuality in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinback

- “Elisa stood in front of the wire fence watching the slow progress of the caravan. Her shoulders were straight, her head thrown back, her eyes half-closed, so that the scene came vaguely into them. Her lips moved silently, forming the words 'Good-bye—Good-bye.' Then she whisprered: 'That's a bright direction. There's a glowing there.'” (American Short Stories 321) John Steinback's story, The Chrysanthemums centers around a young woman named Elisa Allen and the struggle she faces with her individuality....   [tags: garden, symbols, lifestyle]

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The Dynamic Character Elisa in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

- This essay of literary criticism is going to be on the Chrysanthemums written by John Steinbeck. This short story is considered to be one of the greatest short stories of all time. The author uses characterization to describe Elisa, she is a dynamic character. He shows us that she is a very lonely strong woman in the begging who wants to be loved. Who later changes because of this mysterious man. In this paper, I will prove that the author wanted to show Elisa as a dynamic character and how she changes through the story, from being strong and lonely in the begging, in the middle she because friendly talking to this man, and finally she gets all nice and dressed to go out In this short the C...   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Comparison of Characters in “Story of an Hour” and “Chrysanthemums”

- How does one compare the life of women to men in late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century America. In this time the rights of women were progressing in the United States and there were two important authors, Kate Chopin and John Steinbeck. These authors may have shown the readers a glimpse of the inner sentiments of women in that time. They both wrote a fictitious story about women’s restraints by a masculine driven society that may have some realism to what women’s inequities may have been....   [tags: Women, Oppression, Victorian]

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The Use of Symbols in John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums

- In John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums”, he uses the chrysanthemums, fence, and garden to symbolize Elisa’s thoughts and feelings throughout his story. He uses these symbols to show love, neglect, loneliness, protection, and passion for his characters. Steinbeck introduces Elisa, the main character, as a masculine young woman with a “face lean and strong” (Steinbeck 209) and “her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man’s black hat...clod-hopper shoes.” (Steinbeck 209) He lets the chrysanthemums symbolize Elisa’s true beauty....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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D.H. Lawrence's use of Language in Odour of Chrysanthemums

- Write a study of the opening of D.H. Lawrence’s short story Odour of Chrysanthemums. Comment in detail on the way in which Lawrence’s use of language creates a particular atmosphere and raises certain expectations. The opening of ‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’ tells us about the domination of industry over nature. It presents nature at its worst and the dominance of technology, symbolized by the engine. The focus of the story is on the engine, the people, nature and its description and the mood of the story is gloomy, despondent....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman and The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

- Comparing Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman and The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck Talents and dreams, hopes and desires, shunned by the husbands and times of the women in The Chrysanthemums and The Yellow Wallpaper. The wife, Elisa, in the Chrysanthemums, reflects an internal struggle to find her place in a world of definite gender roles. The Yellow Wallpaper traces the treatment of a woman who descends from depression to madness in the male-imposed psychiatric confinement of her room....   [tags: Compare Contrast Women Essays]

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The Struggle for Equality and Respect in a Man’s World

- John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” portrays the struggle for equality and respect in a man’s world for the protagonist Elisa Allen. Steinbeck defines Elisa as a strong, proud woman who is limited from personal, social, and sexual fulfillment by the prevailing conception of a woman's role in a world dominated by men. From the beginning of the story, Steinbeck effortlessly describes boundaries Elisa faces through the detailed description of the geography and weather. Steinbeck notes the Salinas Valley as having “gray-flannel” fog and closed off from the sky and the rest of the world (Steinbeck)....   [tags: john steinbeck, the chrysanthemums]

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Elisa Confused

- Elisa Confused Like many short stories, John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” deceives most readers by appearing to be a simple short story. “The Chrysanthemums,” which only occupies about eight pages in textbooks, captures the emotional pain of a woman trying to live in the 1930’s. As critic Stanley Renner wrote, “’The Chrysanthemums’” shows “a strong capable woman kept from personal, social, and sexual fulfillment by the prevailing conception of a woman’s role in a world dominated by men” (Renner 306)....   [tags: essays papers]

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No Way Out

- The short story, The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck, is a fascinating tale that involves the life of a beautiful, yet misunderstood, women as she battles with the prolonged sting of isolation. After years of captivity on a farm, Elisa finds it difficult to feel like a free woman. As a result, Elisa becomes guarded and closed-off to even her husband. Despite her masculine persona, Elisa lets her shielded exterior down when an opportunity to escape presents itself. Trapped in the confines of her farm, Elisa creates a kind of “intimate relationship” with her cherished chrysanthemums as a way to keep her sanity (French 64)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Crysanthemums

- John Steinbeck uses his unique literary style to write the short story “The Chrysanthemums,” where he brings his readers to a society of inequality amongst the genders. “The Chrysanthemums” depicts the challenges of Elisa Allen, a thirty five-year-old woman who is expected to be a traditional housewife. Her ongoing transformation throughout the story portrays the life of a woman trying to gain meaning in her dull life during the 1930’s. John Steinbeck's, “The Chrysanthemums,” shows the true feelings of the protagonist, Elisa Allen, through the use of femininity, self-awareness, and weakness....   [tags: Literary Analysis, John Steinbeck]

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Strive for Equality

- Strive for Equality It is stated in the Equal Rights Amendment that “Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex”. Still, looking back at history, it can be seen that gender has played a vital role in determining one’s status in society. The challenges women faced began when they were merely young girls. These girls were raised with the idea that they were only suitable for certain occupations, usually only to serve as wives and mothers....   [tags: American History, Discrimination, Women ]

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The Unbalanced Scale Between Men and Women

- The Unbalanced Scale between Men and Women Over an extensive period of time, the issue concerning gender has “consistently occupy the media and the public mind.” (Correll 20). It has established beliefs about the roles of men and women as a whole. “A man is expected always to be strong, impervious to pain, and especially to emotional stress, dominant in the role of lord and master; a woman is expected to be docile, submissive, passive, fulfilled in the role of subordinate.” (Fremon 129). It has been concluded for the longest time that women are the inferior gender, biologically, psychologically and socially....   [tags: gender roles, susan Glaspell , john steinbeck]

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Social Status

- Social Status It’s Just Me Does anyone really have one specific class which they fit into. Different activities and things we do put us in many different classes. For example, if your in a prole class and you ride in a limo on prom night are you then considered to be in the middle- to high-class range. No, either you or your parents just thought it would be nice if you could take a limo instead of taking the family minivan. On the other hand, what if you are upper-class and you normally drive a McLaren F1, but it has to be put in the shop and you temporarily have to drive a Kia, does this drop you into a lower class....   [tags: essays papers]

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Fleas

- Fleas are very small insects. They are all flightless and do not have eyes, although two ocelli may be present. Their antennaes are short and their mouthparts are adapted for piercing and sucking. The female flea lays a few eggs daily that total up to 300 to 400 in its lifetime. The eggs are laid usually on animals and most drop off where they spend most of their time. Bedding, floor crevices, carpeting, along baseboards and areas near their favorite sleeping and napping sites are especially likely places where eggs will be found....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Bonsai Trees

- Bonsai trees are on the oldest art forms. Bonsai is the ancient art of the Chinese. The word bonsai is Chinese for a tree that has been dwarfed. The art of bonsai is actually dwarfing a tree or making it small. This means to make it a full grown tree just really small. The art of bonsai has been around for thousands of years. It first came around as a simple art known as Pun-Sai this was just early specimens in pots.(www.bonsaisite.com/history1.html) The Chinese based their shaping of the trees on Dragons and serpents....   [tags: Botany ]

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Edgar Degas and his influence on the art of Mary Cassatt

- Mary Stevenson Cassatt's Miss Mary Ellison (1880) and Edgar-Hilaire-Germain Degas's Mademoiselle Malo (1877) are two paintings that, when compared and contrasted, shows numbers of influences that Degas had on Mary Cassatt's art. Both of these paintings are portraits done in tbe standard ¾ point of view. Even at a mere glance, it is easy to see the striking similarities between the two portraits. It is not too farfetched to assume that Degas had a lot of influence on Mary Cassatt's work because it is known that he was one of her biggest inspirations (Wallis, 14)....   [tags: Miss Mary Ellison and Mademoiselle Malo]

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Italy and Its Wonders

- Italy is a beautiful place full of wonders. It is full of outstanding landmarks and historical features. Although Italy doesn’t seem big, it is. The total population of the country is 61,860,122, and the area is 113, 521 sq. mi. The head of government is Enrico Letta and he is the ruler of the Republic Government. Italy is a fashion center of the world. People there know what’s in style and what’s not, they can also tell how wealthy you are or what class you belong in. The history is that of many wonders along with how they live their life....   [tags: Europe, Travel]

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Symbolism References in Everyday Use

- Symbolism the use of symbols to ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different meaning. For example, there are different varieties of flowers like the roses stand for romance, violets represent shyness, lilies for beauty and temptation, and chrysanthemums represent perfection. Symbols are also used in colors to symbolize on what they represent. For instance, black is used to represent death or evil, white stands for life and purity, red can symbolize passion, purple is a royal color, yellow stands for violence or decay, and blue represents peacefulness and calm....   [tags: semiotics, sociological analysis]

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