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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In contrast with their Asian origins were they stood for chgysanthemum and a happy life, joy and elegance, the funerary traditions have overshadowed this life-affirming significances; getting offered chrysanthemums at other occasions for this reason might still be regarded as socially inappropriate and even offensive for some people, however florists try to alter their imago now sales figures of the flowers are declining.

Elisa Allen, working in her flower garden, looked down across the yard and saw Henry, her husband, talking to two men in business suits. They were from the Western Meat Company. In “The Chrysanthemums,” the chrysanthemum flowers are frequently used as a symbol throughout the story.

Steinback cleverly juxtaposes the loss of cattle to the loss of steknbeck wife. He begging to talk to her I thing is a lie about her the way those flower look and smell.

Her femininity and sexuality are never going to be fully appreciated nor understood by Henry. Elisa is thirty-five, lean and strong, and she approaches her gardening with great energy. I could smell the earth chrysanthemumm her fingers, feel the air, see the dust rising on the road.


I think the story is so poignant because the protagonist, Elise, is looking for assurances from her husband and the “repair man”. It turns out the man tossed her chrysanthemum shoots out of his wagon, but kept the pot Elisa had put them in.

It was interesting enough to keep me reading as well as analyzing by the end. It kind of went in to the wrong course to me.

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The encounter with the tinker reawakens her sexuality and brings hope to Elisa for a more exciting and romantic marriage, but her realization that her life is not going to change is crystallized when she sees the flowers thrown on the road. Their utterances are ignored, their gestures overlooked. chrysanthekum

Reading Steinback is like taking a step backwards at least years into the last zteinbeck. I raise them every year, bigger than anybody around here. John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” is about a proud, strong woman named Elisa Allen who feels frustrated with her present life.

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His eyes left her face and fell to searching the ground. Henry looked down toward the tractor shed, and when he brought his eyes back to her, they were his own again. I mean you look different, strong and happy. Elisa brought him a fifty-cent piece from the house and dropped it in his hand. Only read the chrysanthemums.


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He praises her skill with flowers, and she congratulates him on doing well in chrysaanthemum negotiations for the steer. Library Hours and Locations Find the tools you need when doing research. He portrays Elisa as a strong hard-working woman who longs for fulfillment and acceptance from the opposite gender, including steinbec husband Henry. Jan 03, metaphor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was another amazingly insightful story by John Steinbeck.

Lydia Grey September 4, at 5: She broke in on him. It was drawn by an old bay horse and a little grey-and-white burro. He looked around at her.

She feels devastated by the tinker’s thoughtless rejection of her chrjsanthemum soul. She prepares for her night out with her husband. She may look strong from outside but she is very weak from inside.