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    Chrysanthemums

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    reinforces Elisa's feelings of isolation from the world. The tale is set in the beautiful valley of Salinas, California, but with all its beauty, this location takes on the role of some sort of prison in which one could feel trapped. "The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world. On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valley a closed pot" (260). We can see how this atmosphere could have a negative effect on

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    The valley is a gloomy place in the morning because of all of the fog there is covering the sun: “The high gray-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world” (Steinbeck). Living in the Salinas Valley the people feel isolated from the rest of the world because people are not able to see what is beyond the mountains. Especially

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    The Chrysanthemums Theme

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    Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums”. The plot of “The Chrysanthemums” centers on a particularly cold December afternoon of housewife (and gardening extraordinaire) Elisa Allen in Salinas Valley, California. Elisa is the wife of Henry Allen, a farmer in the dusty foot-hills of the previously mentioned Salinas Valley. During the day while Elisa’s husband is out tending to his ranch and “yellow stubble fields (p.206)”, performing the

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    Steinbeck allows the readers to be put in Elisas shoes to demonstrate her frustrations and feelings in her life. From the very beginning Elisa is shown to be a character whose life is filled with confusion and lifelessness. She’s not only trapped in Salinas valley but also in her own marriage and life with the only thing to nurture is her chrysanthemums. Just when she thinks she may have a chance of her needs being fulfilled when a stranger comes by her hope is then crushed. John Steinbeck creates this

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    The Use of Symbols to Express a Theme John Steinbeck, in “The Chrysanthemums” expresses the theme through the use of symbols. The events in “The Chrysanthemums” take place in the Salinas Valley and focuses on Elisa Allen, her loneliness, and her attempt to communicate with others. In this story, Steinbeck uses various symbols to express the theme, which states that true communication must flow in both directions. The most important symbol in the story, the chrysanthemum, strongly expresses the theme

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    character, tinker, chrysanthemums, and conversations. In “The Chrysanthemums,” Steinbeck paints a vivid picture of Salinas Valley’s landscape and climate to reflect the gloomy mood of the main character Elisa. The introduction of the story conveys a disturbing separation of Salina Valley from the rest of the world. Just as “the high grey-flannel fog of winter [closes] off Salinas Valley from … the rest of the world” so is Elisa isolated from Harry. Similarly, the “fog and rain” foreshadows the estranged

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    John Steinbeck's “Of mice and men” Of Mice and Men is set along the Salinas River a few miles south of Soledad in the fallen world of the Salinas Valley, which Steinbeck places "east of Eden" the Promised Land is only a painful and illusory dream. This land is populated by "sons of Cain", men doomed to walk alone. One of the major themes that comes from this is loneliness, or fear of apartness. One of the themes of Of Mice and Men is that men fear loneliness, that they need someone to be

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    The Chrysanthemums

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    John Steinbeck’s, The Chrysanthemums, was published in 1938 in a book of short stories, entitled The Long Valley. The Chrysanthemums has been a rather powerful draw for scholars because of its wide gap for interpretations and analysis of its main protagonist character, Elisa Allen and also the unique descriptions used to portray the deeper meaning behind the setting of the story. Themes of sexuality, oppression of women, as well as other numerous types of conflict portrayed in this rather somber

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    Our World Today…Back Then

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    Our World Today…Back Then Elisa Allen is portrayed as a middle class, smart, green thumb type of lady. The story opens up on a cool winter morning in Salinas Valley, California in 1930. The vivid description of Salinas Valley portrays an area of isolation, dullness, and of being trapped. Soon thereafter, Henry is seen telling her what they will be doing in the evening. This controlling characteristic of Henry is used often throughout “The Chrysanthemums.” Elisa is somewhat portrayed as an object

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    The difference between men and women is a very controversial issue, while there are obviously physical differences; the problem is how the genders are treated. It is stereotypically thought that the men do the labor work and make all the money, while the women stay in the house, cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. While this stereotype does not exist as much in the 21st century, it was very prevalent in the 1900s. By using many different literary tools such as character development

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