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In the bathroom she tore off her soiled clothes and flung them into the corner. Do you see that? Again, it is just so astoundingly real.

No longer an angular, masculine figure, Elisa is now revealed as a feminine, attractive figure, as represented by her physical change as she takes off her gloves, “tore off the battered chrtsanthemum and shook out her dark pretty hair”.

Set in the Salinas Valley, like many of his stories, this one focuses on the roles women play in society. There was a little square sandy bed kept for rooting the chrysanthemums. Aug 11, Victoria rated it it was ok Shelves: If short is enough to convince a new reader, then this is the one to start. Henry Allen – Elisa’s husband and who lives on the ranch with her.

Kneeling there, her hand went out toward his legs in the greasy black trousers.


First they symbolize her children; later they represent her femininity and sexuality. Kneeling on the ground in front of the tinker, Elisa is in a sexually submissive position, which underlines to readers the alienation and loneliness she suffers.

In his subsequent novels, Steinbeck found a more authentic voice by drawing upon direct memories of his chryssnthemum in California. Excellent contributions to cchrysanthemum American canon and to short fiction. Notify me of new posts via email. It was a haunting short story, but an enjoyable read.

Instead of some heartfelt, articulate sentiment of appreciation, Henry comments to Elisa’s transformation with a mere “so nice! Hot and sharp and—lovely. Only read the chrysanthemums. Un relato corto precioso.

“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck

Your site is awesome. In contrast with their Asian origins were they stood for longevity 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.

True to the classic double standards and the socially constructed norm of the time, the harsh dry r What can I say? Got nearly my own price, too. Instead, she finds him two pots to mend, and he drives away with fifty cents and the chrysanthemum shoots, promising to take care of them until he can deliver the chrysanthemums to the other woman.

It is ironic that gardening, an activity often associated with domestic femininity, is significant in highlighting Steinbevk masculinity. He portrays Elisa as a strong hard-working woman who longs for fulfillment and acceptance from the opposite gender, including her husband Henry.


Instead of asking us to judge Elisa harshly, he invites us to understand why she acts the way she does.

The Chrysanthemums and Other Stories by John Steinbeck

An exception was his first novel Cup of Gold which concerns the pirate Henry Morgan, whose adventures had captured Steinbeck’s imagination as a child. You can feel it.

Her mouth opened a little, and she seemed to be listening. The wagon turned and crawled out the entrance road and back the way it had come, along the river.

Steinbeck moved briefly to New York City, but soon returned home to California to begin his career as a writer. Things which are never perfect in real life always make for perfect piece of writing, don’t they? Later he used real historical conditions and events in the first half of 20th century America, which he had experienced first-hand as a reporter. In the course of the story, her emotions are toyed with by both her husband and the tinker. They never make a mistake.