John Steinbeck Essay

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In the story “The Chrysanthemums” written by John Steinbeck, he talks about a feminist woman Elisa Allen and her husband inability to understand her or her passions for planting and a drifter she later comes in contact with. In the story Elisa and her husband Henry are viewed as a couple that keeps to themselves, they are not very physical with each other, which in tell effects them as a married couple. Then later she comes into contact with a drifter whose sudden appearance makes her weary. After it seems like he about to leave he asks her about her flowers. She becomes intrigued by this stranger asking about her passion. Steinbeck bases this story on personal issues that he faced during his first marriage. He has been known to uses characters in his stories from people he actually has known in his life. Steinbeck uses symbolism to describe the dissatisfaction with Elisa gender restriction. I will discuss first what is of Elisa and Henry, then when Elisa comes into contact with the tinker, and finally how Elisa comes to realization that Henry and tinker are the same. He uses symbolism in setting, and chrysanthemums to show her derive for something more. The relationship between Henry and Elisa seem to be lacking, not only physical but mental. The natural elements of the foothills ranch seem as unwilling to confront each other as the characters that inhabit its environs. Hence, fog and rain can be seen as the female and male equivalents to Elisa and Henry, respectively: the former all too indistinct, and the latter altogether absent.(Palmerino) It is immediately noticed that Elisa and Henry are somewhat hesitant to even come into contact. They seem to only talk to each other when it’s necessary, and the rest of the time just avoiding each other and doing their own thing. When Henry does come up to the garden were Elisa is working with the flowers he compliments her

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