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As you know women have often been portrayed as the weaker sex when compared to men but do not ask me why Its been like that throughout the history of mankind As a result of these assumptions many women have been bravely trying hard to dissociate themselves from this frame of mind and become more independent with their lives When John Steinbecks short story The Chrysanthemums first appeared in the October 1937 edition of Harpers Magazine Franklin D Roosevelt had just been re-elected president of the United State of America The country was recovering from the Great Depression unions were developing and child labour in manufacturing was terminated Jones 805-6 The first female cabinet member in American history Frances Perkins was appointed the Secretary of Labour Jones 802 She was one of the few women in her time to gain equality in a male-dominated society For most women in that country feminisms were a bitter struggle which usually ending in defeat In The Chrysanthemums this struggle for equality is portrayed through Steinbecks character Elisa Allen According to Stanley Renner The Chrysanthemums shows a strong capable woman kept from personal social and sexual fulfilment by the prevailing conception of a womans role in a world dominated by men 306 Elisas appearance actions and speech depict the frustration women felt in Steinbecks masculine world of the 1930s Steinbecks world observes Charles A Sweet Jr is a mans world a world that frustrates even minor league womens liberationists 214 The chrysanthemums in this story and other symbols showed us plenty about Elisas struggle to find her own identity as a woman This frustration is evident when Elisa is first introduced in this story Her figure is described as blocked and heavy in her gardening costume because she is wearing heavy gloves heavy shoes a mans black hat clod-hopper shoes and heavy leather gloves and a big apron that hides her printed dress What makes this description noteworthy is
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