The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck Essay

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“The Chrysanthemums”
“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck is a story about a woman named Elisa Allen, frustrated with her life of isolation. Allen enjoys working in her garden, but her gardening capabilities aren’t satisfying, as she would rather be traveling and meeting new people. “The Chrysanthemums” tone changes from hopeful to one of isolation, and that tone is created by a combination language elements including, contextual symbolism, figurative images using similes and metaphors, and irony. Tone is further supported by the fiction elements point of view and language. Allen is a married woman living in California. Mrs. Allen spends her time doing ordinary household chores such as, caring for her garden and keeps her farmhouse clean and tidy. Allen’s husband is in charge of the cattle and negotiates with other businessmen, something that is typical of a man’s responsibility. However, Allen is also a businesswoman taking the initiative to negotiate by herself with a stranger. Mrs. Allen is a very strong and confident woman at the beginning of Steinbeck’s story. The stranger that approaches Mrs. Allen is a hard working man, searching for small jobs as he travels in return for food or money. The stranger speaks with Mrs. Allen about her beloved chrysanthemums only to persuade her into letting him do some work for her. In speaking with the stranger, Mrs. Allen becomes envious of the stranger’s life out on the road. Mrs. Allen sends the stranger back on the road…

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