The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck Essay

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“The Chrysanthemums” By John Steinbeck &
“Tears, Idle Tears” By Alfred, Lord Tennyson Both of these stories has the speaker/main character going through an emotional journey and in a way they are pretty similar with their own little differences. This story, “The Chrysanthemums”, and this poem, “Tears, Idle Tears”, are both similar in the way that the main character/speaker of the story is upset and is crying either at one point in the story or in all of the poem. And, well, it’s not just that but that seems to be the most obvious. They also have such imagery and vivid images of what is happening to the main character/speaker. It puts you in their shoes in a sense that you can relate to it or that you can even feel the emotion of the character. In “The Chrysanthemums” it is when she cries over her chrysanthemums that you truly see her fall but she is happy at one point even though the story ends on a sad note. In “Tears, Idle Tears” however, there is no happy, it is just pure gloomy and it is about dark and desolate feelings.
A symbol in “The Chrysanthemums” is the woman Elisa Allen’s chrysanthemums that are her pride and joy and, in a way, are like her children. She plants them every season and does it the same way her mother did and her grandmother and from what you can tell from the story it basically runs in her family. She has a planting thumb just like her mother and grandmother did. But when a strange man rides by her house asking for pans or anything to fix and she
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