The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

1559 Words Oct 26th, 2015 7 Pages
The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck is a rich piece of work that has many underlying meanings hidden within it. I find that it was no mistake that this entire short story is a metaphor. Each character plays their own role in creating this metaphor from the very beginning of the story all the way until the bitter end. As well as characters, the lack of one particular “character” in this story seems to be the most important metaphor of all. No one character is more important than the other. They all eventually show us how unhappy Elisa is in her current situation, motherless and essentially alone. The short story “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck is a huge metaphor for Elisa’s unhappiness and yearning for children as well as a sex life. The first character that our attention is turned to in the story is the husband. The husband, Henry Allen, seems content with his little life on the farm. It is clear that Elisa’s unhappiness goes unnoticed by him from the very beginning. At one point, it seems as if the author is trying to make the husband out to be the “bad guy”. He walks over to Elisa’s fenced in garden and compliments her on her Chrysanthemums. But, before he is done, he makes sure to ask more of her. Saying “I wish you’d work out in the orchard and raise some apples that big.” This statement can be taken several different ways. Metaphorically speaking, this could be the husband’s way of asking Elisa for children. In this case, he wouldn’t be the “bad guy”. But,…
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