the chrysanthemums - Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG...

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Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG Feb. 25, 2008 Literature Response Sheet Title : “The Chrysanthemums” Author : John Steinbeck Symbol : the chrysanthemums are a symbol of the obsession of sexuality Theme : The stereotype alienates a woman’s sexuality. Response : The author employs the chrysanthemums to symbolize Elisa Allen’s sense of isolation and her obsession of sexuality. Elisa Allen, a housewife from a remote valley in California, seems to have a descent family. The setting illustrates her isolation. She does the same work everyday. She takes care of her husband and children, and works in the garden where she plants chrysanthemums. We can tell that she loves the chrysanthemums and they mean a lot to her. Before the tinker, nobody seems able to understand her inner loneliness, even her husband. The short story is written in earlier twentieth century. The author reveals at that time women like Elisa Allen had to conceal their sexualities. They were not supposed to express their sexualities too much to their husbands. The appearance of that tinker temporarily filled up Elisa’s emptiness. He keeps
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2011 for the course POLITICAL 210 taught by Professor Amitage during the Spring '08 term at San Mateo Colleges.

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