The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

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"The Chrysanthemums" author, John Steinbeck, struggles to equality using Elisa Ellen. "The Chrysanthemums" depicts a capable, a woman who is denied fulfillment socially, sexually, and personal fulfillment through prevailing the woman 's role conception in the men dominated the world. The appearance, speech, and actions of Elisa depict that frustration that women experienced in 1930 's Steinbeck 's masculine world. Thus, this brings the questions: In what ways does Elisa 's character develop and what does this suggests about the story meaning? How do Elisa 's relations with Tinker compare with her relationship with Henry and what does this reveal about the story? How is the story a commentary on gender relations for its time? Therefore, “Steinbeck’s world” is more of a masculine world offers no chance to feminine liberationists. “The Chrysanthemums” show Elisa’s transformation throughout the story and reveal a different side of her that she seems to be more feminine instead of masculine, conversational, frustrated and aware of her self-suggesting women desires in a world dominated by men.
The frustration evident as from the beginning of the book, when Elisa is introduced. There is gender inequality, the time is 1930’s and Elisa’s description is a heavy and clocked woman with heavy shoes, a big apron hiding her printed dress, heavy gloves and a “man’s black hat” (Steinbeck 330). Elisa’s home is described with qualities of masculinity by being “hard polished”
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