John Steinbeck (). The Chrysanthemums ~ A Classic American Short Story by John Steinbeck (). The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed . Free summary and analysis of the events in John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums that won’t make you snore. We promise. The Chrysanthemums and Other Stories has ratings and 29 reviews. Sabrina said: This review is solely based on the short story “The Chrysanthemums” as.

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Set in the Salinas Valley, like many of his stories, this one focuses on the roles women play in society. Elisa’s pride in her ability to grow such beautiful flowers reinforces the fact steinbfck the flowers are a replacement for her children.

Come into the yard. She agrees and says the night out alone will be plenty. I definitely savored every little bit of it and i also have you book marked to look at new things on your website. Elisa came through the gate to watch him while he pounded out the dents in the kettles. Elisa finishes off the night with wine and crying, a combination of escaping reality and being sad over it.

Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced eteinbeck as a reporter. Chrysanthemum stems are long, strong, and tough which are symbolic of Elisa’s masculine qualities. Throughout the text, it is apparent to readers that Elisa seems to be at conflict with herself.

Henry’s inability to understand Elisa’s needs leaves her vulnerable in her encounter with the tinker.

After the tinker leaves, Elisa bathes, scrubbing herself “with a little block of pumice, legs and thighs, loins and chest and arms, until her skin was scratched and red” Submit High School and College Transcripts.

Of the three short stories that are in this book, “The Murder” is my favorite story. If you like Steinbeck’s work at all, you’ll love his short stories even more. Both her feminine side and masculine side have been turned down by the male characters in the text, starkly bringing light to Elisa’s destroyed hopes, which is symbolized by the abandoned chrysanthemums.


At the back of the house she dug in the can pile and found two old and battered aluminum saucepans. He steiinbeck able to write from a woman’s point of view and he is able to use the symbol of the flower in a very memorable way. Filled with metaphors and symbolism, “The Chrysanthemums” is an overwhelmingly realistic portrayal of a woman’s struggles in a patriarchal world where intelligent women are sadly overlooked.

The only outlet for her frustration chrtsanthemum her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums.

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Feb 21, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Lydia Grey September 4, at 5: It’s ironic that chrysanthemums are said to represent happiness and joy when they are literally the only bit of light and air in this work.

Henry fails to see his short-comings, but Elisa fails to point them out to him. The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world. Elisa is very protective of her steinbck and places a wire fence around them; she makes chrysantnemum “[n]o aphids, no sowbugs or snails or cutworms” are there.

This upbringing imparted a regionalistic flavor to his writing, giving many of his works a distinct sense of place. Instead of some heartfelt, articulate sentiment of appreciation, Henry comments stelnbeck Elisa’s transformation with a mere “so nice!

She prepares for her night out with her husband. The isolated, closed valley with “lid on”, the lack of sunshine in winter po What lovely flowers are chrysanthemums! Her use of blatantly sexual language and position to a mere stranger stresses the vulnerability of Elisa, who is desperate to find her equal.


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This attire symbolizes how the male gender diminishes her femininity. His worn black suit was wrinkled and spotted with grease. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a more authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his life in California. Jan 30, Kevin Summers rated it really liked it Shelves: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Elisa stood up and shoved the thick scissors in her apron pocket.

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At least Katherine, I play safe. It is seen periodically throughout the story by how Elisa cares for and protects her stienbeck. She spread the leaves and looked down among the close-growing stems.

The horse and the donkey drooped like unwatered flowers. In the course of the story, her emotions are toyed with by both her husband and the tinker. She also says she feels like an old woman. Reading Steinback is like taking a step backwards at least years into the last century.

At the same time, Henry negotiates a deal with chrysanthhemum well-dressed men from the city, as Elisa only watches them from a distance. If she could not chrysabthemum into the wide world, at least her flowers could have, but even that was a vain dream. Excellent contributions to the American canon and to chrjsanthemum fiction. Elisa and Henry have a functional but passionless marriage and seem to treat each other more as siblings or friends than spouses.