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  • Gender Inequality In The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck is about a thirty-five-year-old woman named Elisa who has an intense love for gardening. Although she is a great and extremely capable gardener, she is forced by her husband to apply her skills only on the tasks that are dictated to her role as a woman in society. As a result of this, she is forbidden from helping him with the farm’s harvest for the season. Steinbeck uses several other examples in addition to the one above to show how gender inequality can lead to extreme frustration and disappointment in a woman. First, the theme of gender inequality and oppression is clearly evident through the way Elisa is treated by her husband. The first sentence of the story says “The high gray-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world.” (Steinbeck 1002). This sentence is foreshadowing that due to the fact that Elisa is a woman, she is in a way closed off from the rest of the world and from the society that she lives in. Throughout the story, Elisa is trapped in the role of a housewife and gardener and is only allowed to watch from a far distance as her husband takes care of all other business. It is apparent by Elisa’s actions and charisma that she is more than capable of helping her husband with the chores around the farm. Also, Elisa is only allowed to find out information about her husband’s business indirectly from him and is only allowed to know what he wants her to know. Elisa only being allowed to execute…

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  • Cathy Ames Character Analysis Of Cathy Ames

    beating her, leaving her in the middle of nowhere. However, later Adam finds Cathy in her condition and takes her in. Charles disapproves of Cathy, but Adam admires her and makes sure that she heals. Adam and Cathy are married, though, the night of their wedding, she intoxicates him with her medicine she has been taking for her pain causing him to fall into a deep sleep. After he is asleep, she seduces Charles and sleeps with him; Charles had put forth no efforts in resistance. Adam is so…

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  • Examples Of Sexism In Of Mice And Men

    Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck in 1937. John Steinbeck writes mostly about migrant farm workers. All of his books are placed in Salinas River Valley in California. Of Mice and Men is about two men trying to reach their American Dream, but don't succeed. In this novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses sexism with Curley’s wife, racism towards Crooks, and ableism in Lennie to prove that prejudice exists in America. First, John Steinbeck uses sexism in Curley’s wife to prove…

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  • Free Will In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

    John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. grew up in the abundant Salinas Valley of California. He loved the Salinas Valley, writing to one of his friends, “I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley, of all the little towns and all the farms and the ranches in the wilder hills. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world.” He achieved his goal of making it the valley of the world through Of Mice and Men. The novel takes place in the Salinas Valley amidst…

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  • John Steinbeck The Chrysanthemums Analysis

    In the beginning of the story its described with the fog acing as a lid on the pot of the valley (1061). The description of a closed pot closely mirrors the language Steinbeck uses to describe the life of Elisa as a prison. It’s no wonder Steinbeck would use a valley, which is enclosed on both sides by mountains, in which to place this story. The time of the story constitute the ultimate restraint on Elisa as woman’s right had only been brought to light in the past 15 years, with their right to…

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  • The Chrysanthemums Gender Analysis

    “The Chrysanthemums”, a short story by John Steinbeck depicts the typical life of people living in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Steinbeck focuses on Henry Allen and his wife Elisa Allen, who live on a small ranch in The Salinas Valley, California. It starts with Elisa doing what she loves to do, work on her flower garden, although she wishes Henry would care more about her talent of gardening. Even though Henry did end up complimenting her flowers she was not satisfied because she knew it was…

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  • Chrysanthemums And A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

    use merely to look pretty rather than an equal partner to her husband. When the tinkerer throws her chrysanthemums to the side of the road, it really ends up showing how society has thrown away her ideas, talents, and ambitions. Where Steinbeck uses symbolism to express Elisa’s feelings, Ibsen chooses to use the dialog between Nora and the other characters to express feelings and portray the theme. Steinbeck also uses the setting to contribute to the theme. The story starts off describing the…

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  • Evil In John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

    Her evil nature can be found in Chapter 8 when, at only just 10 years old, Cathy deceived everyone by pretending that she was tied up by two 12 year old boys and ended up getting them badly punished. Though it is not explicitly stated by the author that she actually did do this, the readers can safely infer that is the case due to Cathy’s known tendencies and a statement by one of the boys that says that Cathy started the whole thing and that they gave her five cents each to do it (77). Apart…

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  • John Steinbeck's East Of Eden

    John Steinbeck’s East of Eden draws comparisons to the Bible throughout the whole book. The allusions to the Bible help to reinforce the fight between good and evil that is at the base of East of Eden. John Steinbeck specifically uses the choices Cal makes in contrast to Cain in the Bible to demonstrate that human kind is born evil and the choices, which are based out of a lack of self-satisfaction, people make are what make them good or evil. Cal from East of Eden is written to mirror the…

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  • The Similarities Between John Steinbeck's Life And Work

    John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas California. Steinbeck wrote over 30 books along with many short stories, plays, screenplays, and omnibus volumes (John (Ernst) Steinbeck Almanac). Steinbeck is the son of Olive Hamilton, a school teacher and John Ernst Steinbeck, a treasurer for Monterey Country. From the time that Steinbeck was fourteen years old, he had know that he wanted to pursue a writing career (Selected par 6). Throughout John Steinbeck’s career as a writer, he has…

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