Analysis Of Steinbeck 's ' The Chrysanthemums ' And The Novel Of Mice And Men '

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In the short story “The Chrysanthemums” and the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrays two women and their lives on Salinas ranches during the great depression who are trapped as a result of their gender. In “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa is married to Henry, who makes her feel fenced off by making gardening her whole world. In Of mice and Men a women, a women only known as Curley’s wife is also fenced off by her selfish, and aggressive husband. Both of the women that Steinbeck portrays lead a very boring life because they are blocked off from the real world. Both women have some similarities and differences, they both have controlling husbands, and they both lack relationships and attention. However, they do have differences, Curley’s Wife has a dream life that she knows she can not fulfill while Elisa only has a small desire for a change in her life. Steinbeck suggests that these hurting women are trapped by their men in a discriminate society. In the short story “Chrysanthemums” Elisa Allen comes across as manly but she still has a bit of femininity that shines through. Elisa is an energetic lean lady who is always wearing a costume. She wears large boots, a big apron, and big rubber gloves when she is gardening. Everything she wears is bulky and heavy. In the short story she is described as “handsome”. Steinbeck depicts Elisa as a strong passionate lady. She is displayed as powerful and full of life “The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy.”…

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