The Chrysanthemums - Critique Essay

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In the literary critique by Ernest W. Sullivan, II, the reader gets an insight to the way the humans and canines interact with each other in very similar ways. In Sullivan’s essay, “The Cur in ‘The Chrysanthemums’”, the animals and humans in the story by Steinbeck are seen by the author as being characteristically similar throughout the story. Sullivan explains three ways in which the characters in Steinbeck’s story are characteristically similar throughout the story in the conflict essay about the cur in the story. The animals and the people in the short story “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Steinbeck, interact in the same way that means both are stuck in dead end lives.
In the story “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Steinbeck, Elisa Allen is
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Also in the essay, Sullivan advises the reader that when it comes to the bread winners, Elisa and the cur held “subservient positions” in life. Elisa is married, but unemployed, and childless. Henry, Elisa’s husband, is the man in charge of the ranch, and in charge of the marriage relationship, as well. All three of the cur in the story by Steinbeck, are owned pets that rely on the tinker, and the married couple to take care of them.
Readers most likely will agree with everything Ernest W. Sullivan, II explained in the critique essay titled “The Cur in ‘The Chrysanthemums’.” In the short story “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Stein beck, the humans and canines interact in such a way that the reader can see each are living with no purpose. Works Cited
Steinbeck, John. “The Chrysanthemums.” Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and
Drama. 2nd ed. Robert DiYanni. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2008.
459-466. Print.
Sullivan, Ernest W., II. "The Cur in 'The Chrysanthemums'." Studies in Short Fiction 16.3 (Summer 1979): 215-217. Rpt. in Literature Resource Center. Detroit:

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