Analysis Of ' The Chrysanthemums And Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll 's House '

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A Difference in Storytelling
In John Steinbeck’s, The Chrysanthemums and Henrik Ibsen’s, A Doll’s House, they share a common theme about women being repressed by society. Though they both share this common theme, each writer chooses to reveal the theme throughout the story in different, unique ways. Steinbeck chooses to use symbolism and setting to portray the theme, whereas Ibsen uses dialog as the main method to portray the theme.
In the Chrysanthemums, Steinbeck chooses to write the short story in the third person. The reader gets to sit back and watch as the narrator follows the story from Elisa’s point of view. The reader does not get to see inside Elisa’s head at any point throughout the story, this is mainly because Steinbeck does not want the reader to know exactly what Elisa is thinking or feeling, but rather leave it open to interpretation. This is an excellent method of storytelling because it allows different interpretations to arise from every reader. For example, when Elisa sees the chrysanthemums left on the side of the road (Steinbeck 7), we get to decide her feeling, whether it be a feeling of unwantedness, sadness, or anger. This makes it so the reader can relate to Elisa in a way that connects to them more intimately.
Elisa also tends to be all over the place with her emotions. In the story, she is experiencing for the first time in a long time a lot of feelings she hasn’t shown to anyone before, this happens when she meets the tinkerer. Because she is…

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