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. Complete summary of John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Chrysanthemums. The Chrysanthemums study guide contains a biography of John Steinbeck, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a.

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This was a short, sweet story that had a nice overall atmosphere but with a thought-evoking lesson to be gained. You look so nice!

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The calloused hands he rested on the wire fence were cracked, and every crack was a black line. When Elisa’s husband compliments her on her flowers, she is proud, and “on her face there [is] a little smugness” Henry’s best compliment on her appearance after she has changed is: Elisa is very protective of her flowers and places a wire fence around them; she makes sure “[n]o aphids, no chrysanthemym or sheinbeck or cutworms” are there.

Steinbeck does a great job of creating an insightful story that portrays ideas such as feminism, gender inequality, patriarchy and gender stereotyping. Once Elisa absorbed this mood steinneck and she told her husband she wanted to drink wine.

And I can beat the dents out of little pots. Another thing that the chrysanthemums symbolize is “Elisa’s children”. To me the last paragraphs were very touching and sentimental, I thought setinbeck was great story, im sure many have felt used at some people have felt robbed or used at some point in life.

Henry put on his joking tone. He portrays Elisa as a woman who feels that she can do much more but is held down by the male gender. The gloves were forgotten now.


“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck | Literary Fictions

He begging to talk to her I thing is a lie about her the way those flower look and smell. Mar 06, Serena rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’d recommend anything he’s written to give a taste to prove his excellence.

About six months each way. Henry came banging out of the door, shoving his tie inside his vest as he came. It was full of hot water from the noonday cooking. I go from Seattle to San Diego and back every year. Jan 03, metaphor rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the bathroom she tore off her soiled clothes and flung them into the corner. As her husband leaves to go get work done Elisa continues to take care of her chrysanthemums, until she is startled by a noise, It was a wagon that had a burro and an old horse pulling the man in it, that had a sign on it.

Elisa and her husband have all eteinbeck work around the house done and do not show much emotion towards each other. We well know that she does not like violence at all and that makes me believe that she is a cyrysanthemum reserved woman and perhaps unique. She asks if “women ever go to the fights”. The repairman leaves, her husband arrives, she gets herself pretty for their date and and they drive off to have dinner and movie.

When the tinker first arrives, Elisa is reserved and distant, absorbed in the prosaic details of her very limited life. They smoked cigarettes and studied the machine as they talked.

For Steinbeck to have this insight in the ‘s is another example of just how prolific he was.

By giving him the red flower chrysantthemum with the chrysanthemums, she gives him the symbol of her inner-self. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.


She sees a “bright direction” and a new beginning for her marriage. Elisa Allen and Steinbeck’s” The Chrysanthemums”. Looks like a quick puff of colored smoke? Elisa brought him a fifty-cent piece from the house and dropped it in his hand.

You can feel that, right up your arm. With simple, narrative language, Steinbeck brings Elisa to life – a middle-age woman married to a man who has absolutely no understanding of what she needs.

Elisa stiffened and her face grew tight. He claims this customer has asked him to bring her some chrysanthemum seeds if he ever finds some in his travels, leading to the captivation of Elisa.

The story demonstrate sheinbeck her frustration progresses as she is first only teased by her husband, but ends up being rejected even by the stranger. Work Cited Steinbeck, John. This was a lovely little short story of a day out on a ranch in California where the Wife grows beautiful Chrysanthemums.

Her hesitant fingers almost touched sfeinbeck cloth.

The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

Henry stopped short and looked at her. The ending kind of crushed me. His voice took on a whining undertone. You look strong enough to break a calf over your knee, happy enough jogn eat it like a watermelon.

In response to the tinker’s refusal, Elisa tries to show him another side of herself – her witty, strong side, as she stteinbeck almost playfully with the tinker. You are commenting using your Facebook account. She feels devastated by the tinker’s thoughtless rejection of her very soul.