Comparing John Steinbeck 's Mice And Men And The Grapes Of Wrath

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Comparing and Contrasting Steinbeck John Steinbeck is a famous author known for many of his short stories, as well as the books Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. His works have been studied and analyzed often because of his unique ability to create symbolism from small amounts of text. “The Chrysanthemums” is a short story written by John Steinbeck, and was first published in 1939. It tells the story of a woman who feels she is capable of completing any task a man can, but is set back by societal standards. “The Harness” is another short story written by John Steinbeck which was featured in Steinbeck’s The Long Valley, a collection of short stories written by Steinbeck and published in 1938. It tells the story of a man who is left without support when his wife, who helped him gain his positive reputation, passes away. Both of these stories have many several comparative and contrasting elements. I am going to compare and contrast the women, men, and symbolism of the stories “The Chrysanthemums” and “The Harness” The most obvious contrasting element that is shown in the two short stories would be the role and abilities of the two main women. In “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa Allen is a woman who feels like she is capable of doing anything, yet she is still held back by society and the men around her, who think she is incapable of doing jobs that men do. In “The Harness”, Emma Randall is a woman who takes care of her husband, and “has been responsible for his standing in…
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