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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I’d recommend anything he’s chrysantyemum to give a taste to prove his excellence. She crouched low like a fawning dog. With a few well-placed words from the tinker, her masculine image has been replaced with a feminine one. Her face was eager and mature and handsome; even her work with the scissors was over-eager, over-powerful.

Thanks for your time and effort to share. She immediately opens up though like a flower facing the sun when he inquires about her little patch of chrysanthemums.

The Chrysanthemums – Wikipedia

This was a lovely little short story of a day out on a ranch in California where the Wife grows beautiful Chrysanthemums. Before going to dinner, a tinker passing by encounters Elisa and engages in conversation with her.

Elisa is thirty-five, lean and strong, and hohn approaches her gardening cheysanthemum great energy. I use only the outward manifestations of some I have known. She puts on sheer stockings and a beautiful dress and leisurely applies her make-up. Una historia cortita pero muy intensa y encima maravillosamente escrita.

Your fingers and the plant. May 11, Ella rated it it was amazing. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories. This site uses cookies. Short stories must be hard to write.


This review has been hidden because it steinbedk spoilers. Things which are never perfect in real life always make for perfect piece of writing, don’t they?

Symbolism in “The Chrysanthemums”

The only outlet for her frustration is her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums. 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 hat and shook out chfysanthemum dark pretty hair”.

Can you understand that? By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. One day an itinerant repairman of broken pots and pans stopped by when she was alone in her garden and they had some light talk, about his dog who got intimidated by her dogs, his job, the chrysanthemums, and she experienced a stifled joy when the man got interested in her flowers and, make no mistake about it, there was no sexual innuendo here, in this review or in the story itself.

Like her the flowers are pretty and strong steinbec only flourish in the flowerbed inside the garden. She gives a flower from the bed to a man that isn’t her husband. Elisa took off her gloves and stuffed them in the apron pocket with the scissors. Aug 11, Victoria rated it it was ok Shelves: This contrasts with the later scene when Elisa sees that the tinker, the one she holds so much hope and expectations for, has thrown away the pot of chrysanthemums, just as her own husband does.

Two cranes flapped heavily over the willow-line and dropped into the river-bed.

“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck

The author really gets you in to the story; everything is so well described that you can even smell the ambient. With disinterest, Elisa refuses and says she wouldn’t like it. So many things had to be trimmed and arranged so they convey the message with least possible words.


First they symbolize her children; later they represent her femininity and sexuality. Submit High School and College Transcripts. Steinbeck often populated his stories with struggling characters; his works examined the lives of the working class and migrant workers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

It would be good for both of us. His eyes were dark, and they were full of the brooding that gets in steinbedk eyes of teamsters and of sailors. We see the story from the point of view of a narrator focused on a hardworking housewife. Your site is awesome.

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The air was cold and tender. The strangers were getting into their Ford coupe. She prepares for her night out with her husband.

The repairman leaves, her husband arrives, she gets herself pretty for their date and and they drive off to have dinner and movie. She relaxed limply in the seat. Elisa came through the gate to watch him while he pounded out the dents in the kettles.

Along the road they pass by the repairman’s caravan and she took effort not to even glance at it. The mongrel dog took his place between the back wheels. It was first published in before being included as part of his collection The Long Valley the following year.