John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” is about a proud, strong woman named Elisa Allen who feels frustrated with her present life. Her frustration. Complete summary of John Steinbeck’s The Chrysanthemums. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Chrysanthemums. The Chrysanthemums study guide contains a biography of John Steinbeck, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a.

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“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The calloused hands he rested on the wire fence were cracked, and every crack was a black line.

Dec 05, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: Steingeck 21, Heather rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Then her hand dropped to the ground. Uno de mis escritores favoritos, narrador del realismo social, describe en este breve y hermoso relato la fuerza de las mujeres, representadas todas ellas en la figura de Elisa Allen.

Why did she cry? It was somehow unexpected to me.

The Chrysanthemums

Email required Address never made public. This contrasts with the later scene when Elisa sees that the tinker, the one she holds so much hope and expectations for, has thrown away the pot of chrysanthemums, just as her own husband does.


Behind her stood the neat white farm house with red geraniums close-banked around it as high as the windows. She gives him full instructions for tending them. Jan 23, Maritza Cruz rated it really liked it.

The portrait of Elisa caring for the flowers as though they are her children is clearly a feminine image, but her masculine image is also observed in her “hard-swept and hard-polished” home With a few well-placed words from the tinker, her masculine image has been replaced with a feminine one. Another thing that the chrysanthemums symbolize is “Elisa’s children”.

The isolated, closed valley with “lid on”, the lack of sunshine in winter portraying lack n hence longing for happiness. She worked carefully on johj hair, pencilled her eyebrows and rouged her lips.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. They agree on dinner and a movie instead. With her strong fingers she pressed them into the sand and tamped around them with her knuckles.

She asks if “women ever go to the fights”. She heard him drive to the gate and idle down his motor, and then she took a long time to put on her hat. Although life in a farm includes much more than planting a garden, Elisa is restrained to working with what she is good at. The horse and the donkey drooped like unwatered flowers.

The beasts leaned luxuriously into their collars. He put his hammer back in the oily box and shoved the little anvil out of sight. In a moment of extreme emotion, she nearly reaches for him but snatches her hand back before she touches him.


She stood up then, very straight, and her face was ashamed. And jkhn returned carrying a big red flower pot. Work Cited Steinbeck, John. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This was another amazingly insightful story by John Steinbeck. She looked toward the river road where the willow-line was still yellow with frosted leaves so that under the high grey fog they seemed a thin band of sunshine.

We are left with little information about the character at first but later on, we learn so much about them.

The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

The Man – A travelling mender who arrives on the road in a wagon that has a canvas painted with the words “Pots, pans, knives, sisors, lawn mores, Fixed.

And considering this was written in the s makes it all the more impressive. There is an undercurrent of resentment towards her husband. The symbols This was another amazingly insightful story by John Steinbeck.

I got a special tool. I sold those thirty head of three-year-old steers.