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- 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.
- The Chrysanthemums An Essay for Questions #3 and #4, on page 228 John Steinbeck wrote The Chrysanthemums in 1938. Steinbeck, as in many of his novels and short stories, depicts the life of poor, hard working people. In The Chrysanthemums, Steinbeck writes about a farmer?s wife living in California.
- 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 and her role as a mere housewife and then the subsequent change to feelings of a self-assured woman, are clearly seen.
- John Steinbeck, in his short story “The Chrysanthemums” depicts the trials of a woman attempting to gain power in a man’s world. Elisa Allen tries to define the boundaries of her role as a woman in such a closed society. While her environment is portrayed as a tool for social repression, it is through nature in her garden where Elisa gains and shows off her power.
- Throughout history, women have often been portrayed as the subordinates of men or the “weaker sex”. As a result of these unfair social assumptions, women have been working hard to dissociate themselves form this stereotype and become more independent with their lives.
- 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.
- She picks Harry because she thinks the garden will like him. After the house is built and the garden established Harry finds her perfect though untouchable. She doesn’t care for his occupation (making loans for cars); it’s unfair. She routinely locks him from her tiny bedroom on the garden.
- 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.
- ” She tends her garden and handles the chrysanthemums with love and care, just as she would handle her own children. Elisa is protective of her flowers and places a fence around them; she makes sure that “no aphids, no sowbugs or snails or cutworms” are t here.
- In John Steinbeck s story The Chrysanthemums he makes the story very interesting with his usage of setting, local color, and the characterization he uses. Steinbeck wrote The Chrysanthemums as part of a collection of stories in The Long Valley in 1938.
- To have an excellent short story, it must contain a vivid setting that the readers can visualize, a realistic characterization that is easy to relate to, and a well developed plot. John Steinbeck s The Chrysanthemums definitely meets all these requirements.
- Elisa Allen is a lonely woman who enjoys growing and nourishing her chrysanthemums. Since her husband is always working the cattle in their farm, she never has enough attention or any kind of affection. The result of this dispassionate marriage leads Steinbeck to describe his main character as follows, Her face lean and strong Her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man s black hat pulled low clod-hopper shoes completely covered by a big corduroy apron (Page 206-207) This neglect from her busband causes her to turn to her chrysanthemums, of which she is very proud.
- John Steinbecks’ “The Chrysanthemums” is a story that utilizes symbolism on many levels. Most of all, I believe in the character of Elisa Adams. Elisa and her garden seem to be considered one. Because of all of her hard labor and love the Chrysanthemums flourish.
- The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck, is set in the beautiful valley of Salinas, California, during a time when California was the land of plenty. A place where dust storms and drought were unheard of, where water was plentiful and the air sprinkled with the sweet smell of fruit blossoms.
- ” ‘Everything was spotless white, like a laboratory. In a light smock, with his clean-shaven face, taciturn, wearing his heavy glasses, Mondrian seemed more a scientist or priest than an artist. The only relief to all the white were large matboards, rectangles in yellow, red and blue, hung in asymmetric arrangements on all the walls.
- Elisa s sense of beauty causes her to become defenseless against the peddler s beguilement. When the peddler asks about her chrysanthemums, she describes them as being beautiful, so beautiful . She then progresses into to telling him of how to care for the flowers and does so very excitedly.
- The purpose of this paper is to offer an analysis of the women characters in the works of John Steinbeck, with a special emphasis placed on Elisa Allen, the main character in his short story, ?The Chrysanthemums.? Most of Steinbeck?s fiction is concerned with his native California, with the Great Depression and how people endured it, and with the deprivation that farm workers in the west suffered generally (Beegel et al.
- D. H. Lawrence s 1914 short story, “Odour of Chrysanthemums”, is still in print and considered worth reading in 1 . Perhaps it s printed and reprinted as a matter of habit. Perhaps editors like it because other editors have. But maybe it s a success because it s an exceptional work.
- Goodman Brown was not asleep in this short story. As I read, I believed that Goodman did indeed meet the devil in the forest. If he had indeed dreamt about the trip he was sent on and meeting the devil, I think his nervousness would have been described in more detail then it was.
- The effects on Elisa from sharing her plants are not normal, at least compared to an ordinary gardener?s sharing of plants, in Steinbeck?s ?The Chrysanthemums.? Elisa is a sexually frustrated woman who cares for chrysanthemums in order to gain the happiness and stimulation that she doesn?t get from her husband, Henry.