Essay sample - The Chrysanthemums by (John Steinbeck)

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The author uses symbolism to express his ideas. The story is all about a farm girl whose life seems like a mix of fortunes. Elisa is frustrated and lonely however, his…


The story indicates the struggles of women throughout society. The story portrays the attitude in which society portrays towards women. The transformational nature of the main Elisa shows how women are essential in any society.
In an overall perceptive, the author uses Chrysanthemums symbolically to indicate the struggles of women in society. The psychological struggles are presented when the main actor feels neglected by her husband, the stranger represent a society, which appreciates women as equally important. The writer portrays the struggle women undergo in a number of societies. The title Chrysanthemums is a metaphor and the writer uses it to represent hope and comfort to those women oppressed in society. The manner in which women are unappreciated is represented when the struggler is offered a vessel but instead abandon it on the road "He might have thrown them off the road. That would not have been much trouble, not very much. But he kept the pot, (247)." The author plays part in demonstrating how despite efforts to portray their demands, society remains cruel and frustrate efforts of women who are discovering themselves within a ...
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