The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck Essay

2278 Words Oct 1st, 2014 10 Pages
John Steinbeck once stated, “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” This quote is much like the short stories and novels that he has written in his lifetime, they are a journey his readers endure and no two of them are alike. The short story that spoke the most to me that I have read would have to be “The Chrysanthemums” along with the novel “Of Mice and Men.” Each of these stories have their own unique use of literary devices; as well each and all of the little details that Steinbeck uses to make these stories what they are. In Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums” he uses the literary devices; symbolism, metaphor, and theme to make his stories stand out and be the best that they can be. Symbolism is defined as the use of symbols to signify qualities and ideas by giving them meanings that are different from their literal sense. The chrysanthemums symbolize Elisa and the limited scope of her life. Much like Elisa is, the chrysanthemums are sweet, strong, and thriving. Elisa’s house is much like the flowerbed,in the sense that it is tidy and very much in order. Elisa identifies herself with the flowers, when she is saying that she becomes one with the plants when she takes care of them. When the tinker notices the chrysanthemums, Elisa gets extremely happy, as if he had noticed her instead of her flowers. She…

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