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Margaret Sidorowicz-1 Symbolism in The ChrysanthemumsIn his story The Chrysanthemums written in 1938 Steinbeck introduces us with a woman named Elisa who is trying to gain power in a mans world Elisa Allen tries to define her role as a woman in a very close society Her environment portrays the social depression while the garden shows her power and masculine Elisa has trouble extending this power outside the fence that surrounds her garden Finally she learns but not accepts that she possesses a weak feminine power not the masculine one she had tried to achieve The symbols in setting and characters show us the scope and nature of this empty society and the chrysanthemums portray Elisas existence and emptiness of her life We can find those symbols almost everywhere in this story which takes place around the same time it was written in Salinas Valley California during the wintertimeThe fog in the beginning of the story can be interpreted as something that can inhibit movement and sight sat like a lid on the mountains 1-5 Moreover the fog like the close society keeps things in step and restrained like a close pot 1-5 Not only the fog but also the orchards plowed up to receive the rainwhen it should come symbolize the way our society create us to be empty inside so it can fills us with whatever it feels is needed regardless of our personal desires and needsThe fences which surrounds Elisas garden her working environment symbolize Margaret Sidorowicz 2her life She is isolated from the real
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