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If we look back to the beginning of the century it is clear that marriages were often arranged or it was the man who chose his bride As a result men did not feel genuine love towards their wives and asked them to take care of the cooking and look after the children if they had any John Steinbecks short story The Chrysanthemums illustrates this through his character Elisa Allen a proud strong woman who feels frustrated with her present life Her frustration stems from not having a child and from her husbands failure to admire her romantically as a woman The only outlet for her frustration is her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums Another thing that helps her for a moment is the Tinker a man who comes and value her feminine appearance by her beautiful flowers and he also tray her at the end Steinbeck purpose Steinbecks uses the flower to symbolize his main characters thoughts and ideas in his novel In a romantic or sexual context a woman is often said to be as beautiful as a flower in John Steinbecks short story The Chrysanthemums Elisa Allen never receives this recognition Elisa Allen is a lonely woman who enjoys growing and nourishing her chrysanthemums Since her husband is always working in their farm she never has enough attention or any kind of affection Although she discovers an outlet for her frustration in a flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums she refugies herself in her chrysanthemum which symbolize her spirit in other word herself Steinbeck uses these elegant flowers as a symbol to represent the tender inner-self of all women including Elisa Because Elisa does not feel appreciated by her husband she takes care of her chrysanthemums symbols of how beautiful she really is and how she wants to be seen Steinbeck uses little symbolic phrases in his story to let the reader know that the chrysanthemums are an
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