The Chrysanthemums

Topics: Woman, John Steinbeck, Salinas, California Pages: 2 (879 words) Published: May 23, 2013
The Chrysanthemums
“’I’m strong,’ she boasted. ‘I never knew before how strong.’” Elisa Allen is a woman who lives across the river from the Salinas Valley. She lives with her husband Henry in a nice little farmhouse. She is just one character of many that Steinbeck has published in his works. Elisa has a diverse personality not very unlike most women, is the main character in Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums,” and takes a part in demonstrating how Steinbeck’s style of writing is similar to that of George R. R. Martin. Elisa is very similar to the majority of women that roam this planet. She is extremely careful with whatever she is working on. She works hard on her flowers and takes her time; after turning the soil “she pulled out the little crisp shoots, trimmed off the leaves of each one with her scissors and laid it on a small orderly pile.” Elisa takes great pride in her flowers. When a pesky salesman comes to the door, she quickly grows irritable with him, but as soon as he sees her flowers and asks what they are “the irritation and resistance melted from Elisa’s face. ‘Oh, those are chrysanthemums, giant whites and yellows. I raise them every year, bigger than anybody around here.’” When she was going to go to dinner with her husband, she got dressed very nicely and “put on her newest underclothing and her nicest stockings and the dress which was the symbol of her prettiness” which means she had to wear a certain dress in order to make herself feel pretty. When her husband told her she looked nice, she got defensive and said “’Nice? You think I look nice? What do you mean by ‘nice’?’” and when he said she looked different, such as strong and happy she once again got defensive and said “’I am strong? Yes, strong. What do you mean by ‘strong’?’” She is very similar to Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Vladimir Todd from The Slayer Chronicles. Hermione was very careful when mixing any potions or going on any adventures, she was very prideful...
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