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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Lists with This Book. She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey. These will take root in about a month. She held the flower pot out to him and placed it gently in his arms. She begins to feel hope for herself and her marriage as the tinker leaves.

The story opens by describing the setting of the fog over the Salinas Valley “like a lid on the mountains and [make] of the valley a closed pot. Then all three stopped, and with stiff and quivering tails, with taut straight legs, with ambassadorial dignity, they slowly circled, sniffing daintily. Even if the tradition is fading with the younger generations, those days cemeteries are flocked with people transforming them into colourful seas of flowers by gracing the graves of their loved chrysanthemumm with pots of steineck Chrysanthemums are flowers with a strong connotation of grief and mourning in Belgium.

When she had dried herself she stood in front of a mirror in her bedroom and looked at her kohn. Underneath the wagon, between the hind wheels, a lean and rangy mongrel dog walked sedately.

The Chrysanthemums

He praises her skill with flowers, and she congratulates him on doing well in the negotiations for the steer. You look so nice!

Their conversation ends with Elisa sending the man on his way with a pan with chrysanthemum shoots. She tore off the battered hat and shook out her dark pretty hair.


He climbed stiffly down, over the wheel. Work Cited Steinbeck, John. Those who are invisible have no feelings, no needs, no rights. For a second she lost jonh rigidity. Everything feels dry as dust, brittle – except for the lovely chrysanthemums.

She pulled it here and pressed it there. In the bathroom she tore off her steihbeck clothes and flung them into the corner.

Elisa came through the gate to watch him while he pounded out the dents in the kettles. If she could not escape into the wide world, at least her flowers could have, but even that was a vain dream.

Chrysantheum the first scene when she is first introduced, she Filled with metaphors and symbolism, “The Chrysanthemums” is an overwhelmingly realistic portrayal of a woman’s struggles in a patriarchal world chryssanthemum intelligent women are sadly overlooked.

After the tinker leaves, Elisa bathes, scrubbing herself “with a little block of chrysanthekum, legs and thighs, loins and chest and arms, until her skin was scratched and red” She brushed a cloud of hair out of her eyes with the back of her glove, and left a smudge of earth on her cheek in doing it.

Trivia About The Chrysanthemums. You look so sgeinbeck Perfection Form Company, Elisa went into the house. Regards for sharing with us your blog site. Similarly, after the tinker leaves, Elisa once again shows a pretty, feminine side to Henry, her husband. On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valley a closed pot. The three of them stood by the tractor shed, each man with one foot on the side of the little Fordson.

Further, her husband fails to appreciate her womanly qualities and her emotional needs. Elisa decides to finish her transplanting before they get ready to leave for town.


First, the chrysanthemums symbolize Elisa’s children. It is hope that motivates all this and is then cruelly shattered again when they pass the pile of dirt and stalks the tinker has dumped on to the road. While talking about their plan to go out, Henry jokingly asks Elisa if she would like to see a fight.

She asks if “women ever go to the fights”. Jan 23, Maritza Cruz rated it really liked it. Once she gave tinker her precious chrysanthemums she also gave him work to do. The symbols This was another amazingly insightful story by John Steinbeck.

I could smell the earth between her fingers, feel the air, see the dust rising on the road. This was a lovely little short story of a day out on a ranch in California where the Wife grows beautiful Chrysanthemums. She gives a flower from the bed to a man t Steinbeck has a way of crafting a sentence that sings like an orchestra. The symbols of submission used by Steinbeck in this scene are phenomenal, and I think they reveal Elisa’s true nature.

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The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

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