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  • The Chrysanthemums

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    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

  • Theme Of Women In The Chrysanthemums

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    equals. In 1937, when John Steinbeck wrote “The Chrysanthemums”, the view of women were far worse than they are today. Steinbeck subtly critiques society by illustrating the inequalities of gender through symbolism and imagery. To this day, women are treated as second class citizens. There are many examples in “The Chrysanthemum” of how Elisa is perceived as lower than the men in the story, despite seeming to possess more skill. “The Chrysanthemum” shows that class difference that stems from being

  • Analysis Of The Chrysanthemums

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    The chrysanthemums is a story about a lady named Elisa, who is trapped and enclosed in a small world that she cannot escape from and that is her Husband’s ranch. Since she was a woman in 1930’s, she could not do much because women were believed not to be strong. She would spend her time planting chrysanthemums, and cleaning the ranch because she could not do anything else. That is the way she would relieve herself, but mostly with the chrysanthemum, and I will talk about the symbolism of the chrysanthemums

  • Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

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    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

  • The Chrysanthemums Critical Analysis

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    In Steinbeck’s, The Chrysanthemums, Elisa is a woman in her thirties who nurtures her chrysanthemums as her husband works out in the world. She yearns for a connection, as she eagerly plants and engages in a conversation with an unknown tinker. As she converses with the tinker, notice how she becomes a strong and vibrant woman, as she passionately becomes one with nature. Both her husband and tinker attempt to put her in “place,” based on society’s view of women. Feeling overwhelmed with her emotions

  • The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck

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    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

  • Individuality: The Colourful Meanings of Chrysanthemums

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    are hundreds of unique and intricate petals which make up the chrysanthemum flower. The soft curving of the petals show how there is complexity within the flower's entirety. The complexity of the flower is often similar to myself because there are many aspects within my life that define who I am. There are different characteristics that symbolize me, depending on the colour of the flower blossom. The white blossoms within the chrysanthemum show both beauty and independence. I grew up around various

  • John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums

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    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

  • John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums

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    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

  • There is More to Life

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    The narrative “The Chrysanthemums”, written by John Steinbeck, is a short story about a couple living in Sinas Valley. It follows the experience of Elisa Allen one winter day, and describes her life should as a farmer’s wife. The setting is placed in the past after cars were invented, but still back when caravans were not uncommon. Her becomes interested in the thought of living an independent life after talking to a man about his life traveling in a caravan. While she is intrigued by the thought