The Chrysanthemums Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Women and Femininity
Hi. You're a woman in a Steinbeck short story. Sucks to be you. We're not kidding. Being a woman in the world of "The Chrysanthemums" is no picnic. You have to keep house and look pretty, all while...
No character in the world of "The Chrysanthemums" seems perfectly content. In the story, a sense of dissatisfaction arises from two main sources: a failure to successfully express oneself, and a fa...
From start to finish, Elisa is alone: physically, emotionally, sexually. Perhaps it's that loneliness that leads to dissatisfaction with her life, or perhaps her dissatisfaction sparks her loneline...
Transformations in "The Chrysanthemums" are small, subtle, at times barely even noticeable. This is not a caterpillar-to-butterfly situation. But if we pay attention, we see that Elisa goes through...
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