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In the Story Chrysanthemums John Steinbeck writes about a characternamed Elisa Allen She is the protagonist throughout the storyChrysanthemums was written in 1938 a time when men were the moredominant ones in a marriage The short story is set in Salinas ValleyCalifornia on Henry Allen Elisas husbands isolated ranch Elisa isfirst introduced in the story when she is managing the flower garden onthe ranch on a foggy day Elisa is a very vital character in the storySteinbeck uses her character to show the impact of how inequality ofgender can be a major aspect in society and how it affected the womanin the late 1930s The text indicates that she is in her mid thirties Elisa spends herdays the isolated valley working at the small ranch in the garden Inthe text Steinbeck states Her face was lean and strong and her eyeswere as clear as water Her figure looked blocked and heavy in hergardening costume a mans black hat pulled low down over her eyesclod-hopper shoes a figured print dress almost completely covered by abig corduroy apron with four big pockets to hold the snips the troweland scratcher the seeds and the knife she worked with She wore heavyleather gloves to protect her hands while she worked226-227Kennedy Her physical appearance is very important to the story She isdescribed as a rough and strong looking woman Her clothes do not seemto fit her in a very rugged sense She does not seem to portray a veryfeminine appearance almost more of a harsh and rugged type of displayThis is one characteristic of Elisa that seems to make her selfconscious She does not see herself as a dainty housewife and feelsthat she is inadequate as a woman because she does not have theappearance that a lady should according to society at the time The hard work she puts into the ranch seems to go very unnoticed byher husband He would rather her be working with the
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