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Character Analysis: Elisa Allen

John Steinbeck has a very engaging mind. He not only makes people think when they read his work; he makes them think through a number of scenarios with his tales. I believe that looking at this story, you sense this woman, Elisa Allen, is a woman who is very unhappy with her life. The only satisfaction Elisa gets out of life is being in her garden with her "family" of chrysanthemums. Elisa is very unsettled with her life as a whole. She does not like being stuck on the farm, away from the world and people outside her valley. She does not have any children so she treats her chrysanthemums as if they were her only allowed talent, gift, and special accomplishment, since they are a childless couple.
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Elisa accomplished what she wanted to she had sexual relations with the loner, the rebel, the man from the wagon, while he got what he wanted: money and sexual relations. After it was all said and done I believe a great amount of shame and guilt crept over Elisa's body. She was very distraught over the fact that she had laid down with another man outside her marriage. After the man in the wagon left she ran inside and immediately took a bath which further proves my point of the inappropriate behavior that had taken place. Elisa becomes very uncomfortable when she and her husband are driving their car to town and they see the man’s wagon creeping slowly down the road in front of them. When they get closer Elisa sees that the man has thrown her chrysanthemums out of the wagon keeping the pot that she had put them in. I believe it was as if the man spit in her face. He took advantage of her and played her for a fool. Once again he got what he wanted and threw away what he did not

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