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The Birth and Death of a Modern Woman Although the suffrage movement gave women equality and the womens the right to vote it took some years for a lot of women to evolve into the woman of today Not only did it take women a long time but it took men longer to give up the control they had over them in the past and accept them as equal In The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck we see the birth of Elisa Allen as a modern woman However her birth is short lived because of her inability to communicate her feelings to a controlling and overbearing husband As we enter the story we see Elisa attending to her flower garden Her house is already clean and tidy so she is attending to her passion her chrysanthemums Her husband Henry arrives on the scene and makes mention of her strong crop of flowers He tells her that she should work in the orchard and raise some apples that big Steinbeck 2 When he says this it says that her eyes sharpened 2 this is extremely important because we are seeing a brief flash of anger showing that she knows that although she is highly capable he will not let her A few lines later he just brushes her off by switching the topic back to the flowers He is showing us his control over what his wife does not just on the farm but in her life in just these few lines I used to live on a farm when I was young so I know a lot about the life that these folks live When I was younger I can even remember my grandmother making comments about my mother going out to help us haul hay wagons Her idea for a farm woman was for her to be in the house Whether it be making the meals canning foods or cleaning the house only under the
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