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Women are more than emotional In John Steinbecks short story The Chrysanthemums the chrysanthemums represent the soul of every woman Elisa Allen represents the feminine ideal of equality and its inevitable defeat from a males perspective Together the chrysanthemums and Elisa Allen convey the Woman Rights Movement just as Elisa Allen lives her limited life that is cut off from all social and sexual pleasure and so did women Elisa Allen tends to an amazing garden of chrysanthemums Both the chrysanthemums and Elisa are closed off by the surrounding towns by the high grey flannel fog 246 but also cut off to the neighbors by the wire fence 247 Elisa tends extra special care to the flowers making them stronger and stronger she also keeps them from intruding pest such as the aphids sowbugs snail or cutworms 247 because only one could destroy the whole crop Her husband isnt so concerned about the garden He acknowledges the fact that shes got a gift with things 247 but wishes shed work out in the orchard 247 this implies that her garden is not productive but the orchard is She replies with Maybe I could do it too 247 which shows she can do more but shes not going to give up on her chrysanthemums She is not going to give up the fight and is going to keep doing what she believes in John Steinbeck shows the emotional side of women by using the business deal made with the peddler Who offers her his services Elisa is a strong women who doesnt need a mans help so she declines The peddler then pretends to find admiration for her chrysanthemums and describes them as a quick puff of colored smoke 249 unlike Henry who finds them unproductive Peddler then tells her of another woman that he knows that has the nicest garden you have ever seen
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