Analysis Of The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

703 Words3 Pages
When I was young I heard red chrysanthemums symbolize love and deep warmth. And Yellow chrysanthemums symbolize neglected love or sadness. Thus, I picked the story" the chrysanthemums" which was composed by John Steinbeck。 The story is recited from a third person; we are confident that we are sharing with a narrator, who is far away from the character's feelings and emotions. Likewise, the story focuses on Elisa. It allows us omniscient access into Elisa's thoughts, but for the most part, it does not draw her thoughts. This point of view is necessary to the story because it is clearly showing us that men around the twenties disregard a lot of beautiful and intelligent women like Elisa.

When Elisa is watching her husband with two other men studied the machine, the narrator describes the Elisa's outfit for us, "Her figure was blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man's black hat pulled low down over her eyes, clodhopper shoes, a figured print dress almost completely covered by a big corduroy apron." In general, Elisa does not dress like a ‘housewife', as a woman who has a business husband, she is supposed to put on a pretty dress, not being unobtrusive of her beauty, rising child at home… However, Elisa would rather hold out like men than wearing fancy dresses as a wealthy lady. Therefore, she is not exactly a girly girl. Straight away, we know she's a character who will challenge the traditional ideas of femininity. Then in the back to the story, after Elisa's gave the chrysanthemums to the tinker, she wears a beautiful dress, and then her husband reacts surprise "… I mean you look different, strong and happy." Before when she wears like a man he does not think Elisa is strong, even " the chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy", And from his response, he doesn't appreciate her beauty and her strength that much. Maybe he never pays any attention to her. Henry saw Elisa is doing something in the garden; he came near to her and observes, "… I wish you'd work out in the orchard and raise some apples that big." Her eyes sharpened. "Maybe I could do it, too. I've a gift with things all right…" "Well it sure works with flowers," he said." This conversation between Henry and Elisa
Get Access