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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Steunbeck — The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck. The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck. Paperback33 pages. Published January 1st by Perfection Learning first published To see what your friends chrysanthemkm of this book, please cheysanthemum up.
To ask other readers questions about The Chrysanthemumsplease sign up. Lists with Xhrysanthemum Book. Aug 09, Ilse rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chrysanthemums are flowers with a strong connotation of grief and mourning in Belgium. Even if the tradition is fading with the younger generations, those days cemeteries are flocked chrysantehmum people transforming them into colourful seas of flowers by gracing the graves of their loved ones with pots of ch Chrysanthemums are flowers with a strong connotation of grief and mourning in Belgium.
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 ones with pots of chrysanthemums – the autumnal flowers par excellence. In contrast with their Asian origins were they stood for longevity and a happy life, joy and elegance, the funerary traditions have overshadowed this life-affirming significances; getting offered chrysanthemums at other occasions for this reason might still be regarded as socially inappropriate and even offensive for some people, however florists try to alter their imago now sales figures of the flowers are declining.
As the diverse functions and meanings of the flowers in this story turned out quite metaphorical as well as multi-interpretable, I needed to read the story twice, sensing I was missing the mark because of unawareness of this cultural difference with my stelnbeck frame of reference. At least Katherine, I play safe. I use only steinbefk outward manifestations of some I have known.
Having his portrayal of the inner life of Elisa Allen in mind, his words strike me as too cheysanthemum. He subtly addresses gender roles and issues in a patriarchal society and so illustrates powerfully truly great authors manage to get into the skin of a character whether man or woman and know how to touch on the essence of the human condition, regardless of their gender.
To me, this story about this strong yet fragile woman has a quite feminist feel and in my view Steinbeck rather denounces the miserable effects of misogyny epitomised by his male characters than approving of the submission of women in this particular context. Do we only exist as far as we are seen and validated in our existence by others, as far as our significance is confirmed? Their utterances are ignored, their gestures overlooked.
Those who are invisible have no feelings, no needs, no rights. A sad and bitter story of which I could imagine many a woman, despite women have come a long way since, at present day stejnbeck could relate to at one point or another in life. View all 43 comments.
The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck
Mar 06, Serena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Filled with metaphors and symbolism, “The Chrysanthemums” is an overwhelmingly realistic portrayal of a woman’s struggles in a patriarchal world where intelligent women are sadly overlooked. With simple, narrative language, Steinbeck brings Elisa to life – a middle-age woman married to a man who has absolutely no understanding of what she needs.
Throughout the text, it is apparent to readers that Elisa seems to be at conflict with herself. During 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 where intelligent women are sadly chrysanhemum. During the first scene when she is first introduced, she is gardening as she wears her “gardening costume” which completely masks her femininity.
It is ironic that gardening, an activity often associated with domestic femininity, is significant in highlighting Elisa’s masculinity.
However, as the tinker arrives to the scene, it seems that Elisa’s character takes a sudden shift. No longer an angular, masculine figure, Elisa is now revealed as a feminine, attractive figure, as represented by her physical change as she takes off her gloves, “tore off the battered hat and shook out her dark pretty hair”.
Kneeling on the ground in front of the tinker, Elisa is in a sexually submissive position, which underlines to readers the alienation and loneliness she suffers. Her use of blatantly sexual language and position to a mere stranger stresses the vulnerability of Elisa, who is desperate to find her equal. Chrysanhhemum makes the tinker’s brash, direct refusal more damaging to Elisa’s feelings and needs.
In response to the tinker’s refusal, Elisa tries to show him steinbdck side of herself – her witty, strong side, as she banters almost playfully with the tinker. She even gives a part of herself, the chrysanthemums, to the tinker.
Similarly, after the tinker leaves, Elisa once again shows a pretty, feminine side to Henry, her husband. Instead of some heartfelt, articulate sentiment of appreciation, Henry comments to Elisa’s transformation chrysantbemum a mere “so nice! This contrasts with stdinbeck later scene when Elisa sees that the tinker, the one she holds so much hope and expectations for, has thrown chrsanthemum the pot of chrysanthemums, just as her own husband does.
Hence, Elisa’s multiple, conflicting characters is vital in emphasizing her tragic isolation. Both her feminine side and masculine side have been turned down by the male characters in the text, starkly bringing light to Elisa’s destroyed hopes, which is symbolized by the abandoned chrysanthemums.
Una forma sutil chrysantbemum retratar el papel de zteinbeck mujer en un mundo de hombres, un papel que impide elegir una vida diferente al cuidado del hogar o explorar nuevas posibilidades. Jul 03, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. This was a lovely little short story of a day out on a ranch in California where the Wife grows beautiful Chrysanthemums. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Nov 08, Pradnya K. What lovely flowers are chrysanthemums! And this story is like them – several petals of symbolism.
There are more things which are left unsaid than the said ones. Short stories must be hard to write. So many things had to be trimmed and arranged so they convey the message with least possible words.
The strong, beautiful, brilliant yet neglected lady, the normal, mediocre tinker and the husband, they’re all the story has. The isolated, closed valley with “lid on”, the lack of sunshine in winter po What lovely flowers are chrysanthemums! The isolated, closed valley with “lid on”, the lack of sunshine in winter portraying lack n hence longing for happiness.
Elisa, hardworking, talented and full of energy and gifted hands but rarely acknowledged by her husband in a way she does wish. An arrival of stranger in valley by accident and igniting spark in her life. Her desires soon thrown away by the stranger like he throws her chrysanthemums plants and also by her husband.
Finally Elisa succumbing to the last resort of tears and hopelessness. Things which are never perfect in real life always make for perfect piece of writing, don’t they?
May 11, Ella rated it it was amazing. Steinbeck does a great job of creating an insightful story that portrays ideas such as feminism, gender inequality, patriarchy and gender stereotyping. And considering this was written in the s makes it all the more impressive. Steinbeck was clearly aware and understanding of the plights women faced and still face today.
I’d strongly suggest taking the short time to read this. Although written decades ago this story is still relevant to today’s society and culture. May 09, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it really liked it.
Through the use of a lot of symbolism John Steinbeck–the 7th American who won the Nobel prize for literature and champion of the poor, the downtrodden and the oppressed at least in fiction –directs his attention to the archetypal housewife of rural America.
So here is Elisa, still young and attractive, apparently childless, living in a farm successfully run by her husband, with her fenced flower garden where she grows chrysanthemums among other flowers and that is all she does, tend her flo Through the use of a lot of symbolism John Steinbeck–the 7th American who won the Nobel prize for literature and champion of the poor, the downtrodden and the oppressed at least in fiction –directs his attention to the archetypal housewife of rural America.
So here is Elisa, still young and attractive, apparently childless, living in a farm successfully run by her husband, with her fenced flower garden where she grows chrysanthemums among other flowers and that is all she does, tend her flower garden and be a wife to her husband and look after the house. One day an itinerant repairman of broken pots and pans stopped by when she was alone in her garden and they had some light talk, about his dog who got intimidated by her dogs, his job, the chrysanthemums, and she experienced a stifled joy when the man got interested in her flowers and, make no mistake about it, there was no sexual innuendo here, in this review or in the story itself.
The repairman leaves, her husband arrives, she gets herself pretty for their date and and they drive off to have dinner and movie. Along the road they pass by the repairman’s caravan and she took effort not to even glance at it.
“The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck
She hides her tears from her husband–as steiinbeck was “crying weakly, like an old woman. La obra narra unas horas en la vidas de tres personas en el valle de Salinas, Estados Unidos.
Y la forma en que dos de ellos, el marido y un buhonero, piensan a la mujer. Pero breve, demasiado breve para mi gusto. 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. Apr 07, Janetrendon rated it it was amazing. The chrysanthemums symbolize that Elisa is isolated; they give her some type of enlightenment to her life and finds escape in taking care of the chrysanthemums, she treated them as if they were her own children.
Elisa and her husband have all the work around the house done and do not show much emotion towards each other. A man named Tinker shows up, wanting to profit from Elisa, he ends up targeting the one thing she loved most.
As her husband leaves to go get work done Elisa continues to take care of her chrysanthemums, until she is startled by a noise, It was a wagon that had a burro and an old horse pulling the man in it, that had a sign on it. Tinker was desperate to get some work out of Elisa he kept on insisting on trying to fix something for her or creating small talk with her.
At this point Tinker became desperate and used the only thing he saw in front of him to his advantage. Elisa became very joyful in explaining the care plan for her chrysanthemums. She got a little too excited and became desperate for Tinker. Once she gave tinker her precious chrysanthemums she also gave him work to do. Tinkers mood changed immediately and as soon as he finished fixing her cans she gave him fifty cents, he was back on the road. Elisa stood watching Tinker as he left for a moment then ran inside to get dressed up.
You look so nice! Once Elisa absorbed this mood changed and she told her husband she wanted to drink wine.