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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] 946 words
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Character Analysis of Elisa Allen in The Chrysanthemums by Steinbeck - Many readers who analyze Steinbeck's short story, "The Chrysanthemums", feel Elisa's flowers represent her repressed sexuality, and her anger and resentment towards men. Some even push the symbolism of the flowers, and Elisa's masculine actions, to suggest she is unable to establish a true relationship between herself and another. Her masculine traits and her chrysanthemums are enough to fulfill her entirely. This essay will discuss an opposing viewpoint. Instead, it will argue that Elisa's chrysanthemums, and her masculine qualities are natural manifestations of a male dominated world....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums Essays] 1261 words
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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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Free Essay: The Odor of Chrysanthemums - 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] 442 words
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Sexuality in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - Sexuality in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums   Reading over this excellent story once more, I am again filled with the same emotion (if it can be called that) that I experienced when first reading it.  Steinbeck planned for that.  In a letter to George Albee in 1933, Steinbeck comments on this story and his interest in Albee's opinion of it.  "...It is entirely different and is designed to strike without the reader's knowledge.  I mean he reads it casually and after it is finished feels that something profound has happened to him although he does not know what nor how."  I knew after reading this, that Steinbeck is truly a marvel....   [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] 389 words
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John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums and D.H. Lawrence's The Odour of Chrysanthemums - John Steinbeck's 'The Chrysanthemums' and D.H. Lawrence's 'The Odour of Chrysanthemums' Women in the 1900s were given little attention. John Steinbeck and D.H Lawrence however have chosen to base their short stories on a single woman character and around a type of flower, which is the chrysanthemum. Though written by male writers, both stories give an insight of the feelings and actions of a female character in that time period and how chrysanthemums can mean an entirely different obsession towards the two main characters....   [tags: Compare Contrast Chrysanthemums Essays] 1511 words
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The Unfulfilled Elisa in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - The Unfulfilled Elisa in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums “The Chrysanthemums” is a short story in The Long Valley, a collection of short stories by John Steinbeck. This story dramatizes the efforts made by a housewife, Elisa Allen, to compensate for the disappointments which she has encountered in her life. Steinbeck makes it clear that Elisa yearns for something more in her life then the everyday routines of farm life. While Elisa is portrayed as strong, in the end, her strength serves to be insufficient in having the courage to effect any real change in her life since her fragile self-esteem proves to be too susceptible to outside forces....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays]
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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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Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls and John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums - 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, symbolism, and setting, Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls and John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums challenge this controversial topic of the treatment of women versus men in the 1900s....   [tags: Boys and Girls, The Chrysanthemums] 1440 words
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Symbolism in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck - Symbolism in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck "A symbol is an act, person, thing, or spectacle that stands for something else, by association a usually broader idea in addition to its own literal meaning" (Cassill & Bausch, 1728). John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" may seem as a story describing a simple day with the Allen couple. It begins with Elisa Allen working in her garden and her husband, Henry Allen, negotiating with two suited business men that want to purchase steers. They seem to engage in conversations and go about their day as they normally would do....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Steinbeck Literature Essays]
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Odour of Chrysanthemums as a Classic - Odour of Chrysanthemums as a Classic   The claim that "Odour of Chrysanthemums" is a well-crafted story is hardly brave or risky, for many would agree. For instance, the man who in a sense discovered Lawrence, English Review editor F. M. Ford, said this about "Odour of Chrysanthemums": The very title makes an impact on the mind. You get at once the knowledge that this is not, whatever else it may turn out, either a frivolous or even a gay springtime story. Chrysanthemums are not only flowers of the autumn: they are the autumn itself....   [tags: Odour of Chrysanthemums Essays]
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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] 1083 words
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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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John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums The short story “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Steinbeck, is a multi-layered work that contains various symbolic meanings, it is said to be “…one of the best things he ever did” (Parini 146). It has been hailed as a great short story not for the depiction of a cattleman and his wife, but for it’s symbolic meanings. Steinbeck was known for writing about his “…strong rebellion against any repressive power in civilization’s power bloc and his strong sensitivity toward any repressed individual” (Timmerman 177)....   [tags: John Steinbeck Chrysanthemums Papers]
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John Steinbeck's “The Chrysanthemums” - John Steinbeck's “The Chrysanthemums” John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" shows the true feelings of the main character, Elisa Allen, through the use of setting and her interactions with other characters in the story. By way of vivid descriptions, Elisa's feelings of dissatisfaction over the lack of excitement in her life are portrayed. Her role as a mere housewife and then the subsequent change to feelings of a self-assured woman are clearly seen. These inner feelings are most apparent with the portrayal of Elisa working in the garden with the chrysanthemums, the conversation she has with the man passing through, and finally, when she and her husband are going out to dinner....   [tags: Steinbeck Chrysanthemums Essays] 1277 words
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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] 576 words
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Essay on Elisa's Unfulfilled Desire in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - Elisa's Unfulfilled Desire in Chrysanthemums The "Chrysanthemums" was written by John Steinbeck and introduced in 1937. In this story it is evident that Elisa has suppressed sexual desires that are awakened. At the ripe age of thirty-five, Elisa is at her sexual peak, but because of being betrayed by men, she is unable to fulfill those desires. Elisa Allen is a strong woman. She is strong because of her manly qualities. Her masculinity shines through because of the way she covers up herself. There was a feminine part of her wanting to emerge as she wore the "print dress" (279) while working in her flower garden....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays]
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Elisa’s Unhappiness in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck - John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” centers on Eliza and her relationship with her husband Henry. Critic Gregory Palmerino brings light to their relationship issues. He argues: “everywhere there is conflict in ‘The Chrysanthemums,’ but nowhere is there a fight. This absence of friction prevents Henry and Elisa’s relationship from progressing, whether it be as lovers, partners or parents” (Palmerino 1). What Palmerino does not focus on is where these deep-rooted communications stem from....   [tags: The Chrysanthemums 2014]
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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] 378 words
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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] 740 words
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Symbols and Symbolism - Flowers as a Symbol in John Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - Flowers as a Symbol in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck       In romantic or sexual context, a woman is often said to be as beautiful as a flower. In John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums", Elisa Allen never receives this recognition. Although she is a strong woman, she is frustrated because her husband will not admire her romantically in any way. This frustration only deepens because she is childless and feels the need to be a mother. She discovers an outlet for her frustration in a flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays Papers]
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Essay on A Woman Bound by Society in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums - A Woman Bound by Society in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"        When John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums" first appeared in the October 1937 edition of Harper's Magazine (Osborne 479), Franklin D. Roosevelt had just been reelected president. The country was recovering from the Great Depression, unions were developing, and child labor in manufacturing was terminated (Jones 805-6). The first female cabinet member in American history, Frances Perkins, was appointed the Secretary of Labor (Jones 802)....   [tags: Chrysanthemums Essays Steinbeck]
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John Steinbeck’s Short Story, The Chrysanthemums - Chrysanthemums She was wearing “a man’s black hat…clod-hopper shoes, heavy leather gloves” and “a big corduroy apron” doing her best to cover up her femininity. In John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Chrysanthemums”, we are introduced to Elisa Allen. Elisa is living during a period after the Great Depression when women’s rights issues were becoming a topic of public concern. Steinbeck uses the character Elisa Allen to portray the women’s struggle for equality. She is a woman deprived of social, personal and sexual fulfillment in a male-dominated world....   [tags: Chrysanthemums John Steinbeck] 1133 words
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The Chrysanthemums - 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 short story have made it a popular study among scholars and students alike....   [tags: LIterature, Steinbeck]
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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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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] 1122 words
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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] 602 words
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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] 656 words
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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] 696 words
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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] 1205 words
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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] 1024 words
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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] 894 words
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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] 596 words
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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] 1015 words
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D.H. Lawrence's Odour of Chrysanthemums - ... Brinsley Colliery is a miner’s community: “The miners were being turned up…The engine whistled as it came into the wide bay of railways lines beside the colliery, where rows of trucks stood in harbour” (798). Elizabeth goes outside her home and watches when the miners passes the train track, but she does not see her husband among them. The setting is very important to the story because it allows the reader to identify where the story takes place. The town is full of miners: “Miners, single, trailing and in groups, passed like shadows diverging home” (798)....   [tags: story and character analysis] 827 words
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The Chrysanthemums by Joh Steinbeck - ... Because of this, we know almost more about her than her own husband does at the end by the end of the story. From the point of view, we can extract the facts that Elisa is intelligent, a good gardener, good-looking, and motivated, along with having a high self-esteem. The characterization also helps us get a clear view the themes. Although the man who fixes things does not have a name in the story, we find out quite a bit about him. He is a handsome man, who lives an almost mysterious life, traveling up and down the west coast fixing “pots, pans, knives, sisors, [and] lawn mores.” We are made to think that he is smart and exciting due to Elisa’s point of view, but can tell that he is a...   [tags: short story analysis] 530 words
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The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck - ... Still, Elisa’s innate ability to grow things was not enough for Henry to let her collaborate in the economic progress of the farm. Even though Henry agrees about her wife’s ability by pointing out “you’ve got a gift with things… I wish you’d work out in the orchard and raise some apples” (Steinbeck 182), he does not considers this ability a sufficient condition to let Elisa collaborate in the farm’s economic productivity as he claims by answering “well, it sure works with flowers” (183). This lack of support by Henry’s side, leads Elisa to a mental state in which she feels powerless and disadvantaged as we see when she celebrates Henry’s success by saying “good for you” (183)....   [tags: women´s reality, great depression]
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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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Analysis of The Chrysanthemums - Analysis of The Chrysanthemums The short story "The Chrysanthemums" gives insight into the life of its author. John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. The locale of the story is of key resemblance to the Salinas in which Steinbeck was born and bread. "Salinas was a typical American small town, [differing] only in location and a few distinctive features" (McCarthy 3). The protagonist of this story, Elisa Allen, also resembles Steinbeck's first wife. "Steinbeck probably based the character of Elisa Allen on his own first wife, Carol Henning Steinbeck....   [tags: Papers] 1154 words
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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] 705 words
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Struggles with Individuality in The Chrysanthemums by John Steinback - ... 'It must be very nice. I wish women could do such things.'” (American Short Stories 320). As she sees another person taking an interest in her gardening skills, Elisa becomes empowered and proud. It is the external forces in the story that transform the interal persona of Elisa. Symbolic of Elisa's emotions toward her lot in life, Steinback describes the Allen's home as a “closed pot” (American Short Stories 313). This is an indication that the valley is made to respresent the entraptment Elisa is experiencing....   [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] 610 words
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Comparison of Characters in “Story of an Hour” and “Chrysanthemums” - ... The best status for her might have been to be married at that time. Steinbeck descripts Elisa Allen in paragraph five as, “Her figure was blocked and heavy in her gardening costume” (229). This illustration shows an oppressed woman wearing a concealing outfit trying to cover her femininity. Although the government granted women the right to vote before “Chrysanthemums” was written, women were still oppressed in the work environment. Although marriage was not the only alternative, it was the safest place because of the mistreatment of women in the workplace compared to men before the government got involved....   [tags: Women, Oppression, Victorian]
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The Effect of Symbolism and Gender Roles in “The Chrysanthemums” - From all areas of the world, people have been changing their forms of government in an attempt to decide on what’s best for their country. Apart from most, Communism is targeted toward making all equal, and it eliminates the concept of a dictator. The contradictory fact is that the concept fails when people cannot reach an agreement themselves, and then they realize a leader is needed to make the final decisions. Of course, with greed to be on top, people do not stray from this empty position for long....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Symbolism in The Chyrsanthemums - Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In literature, we find symbols as a way of better understanding a story. Symbols allow one to understand the story overall on a deeper level. In John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums,” symbols play a key role in understanding the story. John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas, California, the third of four siblings. He studied at Stanford University where he majored in English between 1919 and 1925. Though he devoted six years to college, he never obtained his degree....   [tags: The Chyrsanthemums Essays]
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