The Chrysanthemums Essay

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“The Chrysanthemums” One of the most accomplished short story “The Chrysanthemums by Steinbeck’s johns.” This short story shows that there is no place for intelligent woman. Elisa is very smart, attractive, ambitious, and creative but all these qualities go wasted. Elise husband is not smart as her but he is the one who run the farm to support himself and his wife. In early 1900’s most of the married couple description was the husband goes outside to work and make money to support the family and wife would stay home and take care of the house and children. Since Hanry and Elisa do not have kids that why Elisa just take care of the house. Elisa is the one who give all the information about the management of the ranch comes indirectly from Henry. Henry doesn’t speak English but only Vague. English is very important to communicate with people for the business. Steinbeck. John stated: The setting of the story “the high grey –flannel fog of winter close off the Salinas Valley from the sky and the rest the world” (Pg. 375). In this quote means that Elisa is housewife and she is thirty five years old. She loves to grow Chrysanthemums. Her husband think Elisa has good hand for planting because, whatever she planted everything was successful that’s why her husband is so proud of her. Elisa is a lonely woman who takes care of the garden like you could say from her point of view is “Cage” she would do anything to protect herself from harmful. In paragraph 11th Stated: “You've got a gift with things," Henry observed. "Some of those yellow chrysanthemums you had this year were ten inches across. I wish you'd work out in the orchard and raise some apples that big" (P 376). Elisa has no children has and her maternal inside are shown through growing her chrysanthemums as well as other flower. Even with the flowers and plants it still does not fill the void she has from her
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