Odour of Chrysanthemums
The Odour of Chrysanthemums is a story that revolves around the life of Elizabeth Bates mother of two and pregnant with the third. The story can be divided into 3 phases to understand clearly the struggles and turning points in Elizabeth's life. She leads a hard life as her husband Walter Bates disappoints her and breaks her heart by not being there for her wife and children and he drinks most of the wages that he receives and a little is left for their family thus Elizabeth is stuck in a bad marriage. Lawrence has introduced different themes in this story which are tension, struggles, dominance, disappointment and loss. The story begins with the description of a rural landscape encroached upon by industry “The fields were dreary and forsaken, and in the marshy strip that led to the whimsy, a reedy pit- pond “The arrival of industrial revolution has man and nature helpless and deprived of emotions and beauty. It seems as if the people of that time were not humans anymore rather machines working from “can't see till can't see “and it seems as “life has become lifeless." D.H.Lawerence then introduces her central character of the story Elizabeth Bates "a tall women of imperious mien, handsome with definite black eyebrows”. She is a coal miner’s wife, lives with her children and husband Walter Bates in a miner's cottage near the railroad. She waits anxiously for her husband to return and she thinks that he might have gone to a local pub as he drinks. A young woman is standing next to the railroad waiting for her husband to return. When she along with her son John saw at some distance a train loaded with coal approaching. When train came closer she saw a man leant towards her, it was her father who dropped by for tea and they have a brief bitter conversation. Afterwards when John and Elizabeth walk back into the house John plucks some Chrysanthemums and dropped the petals at which she rebukes John and says “Don’t do that – it looks...
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