Paper: An Analysis of the Chrysanthemums and Its Symbolism By John Steinbeck

She wanted to travel the world but she knew that she should not leave her husband. She felt that her husband wasnt taken enough care of her personally so she took care of herself in the form of her chrysanthemums. She meticulously trimmed them and transplanted them with intense care. The type of care that she felt was missing form her marriage. Later on in the story when she gives the The Chrysanthemums and Its Symbolism tinkerer a couple of her seedlings, she is giving him a piece of herself to take with him. It was a way for her to escape her captivity of the ranch. Another element found in the story is her bath. This is not only the cleansing of her physical body but of her internal being as well. She has always been dressed in a masculine fashion. Ina way, she wanted equality. She wanted the same respect that men had. After the tinkerer came and left, she knew that she was a woman and realized that she didnt need to be masculine to gain respect. She also realized that she needed to be more feminine. In the bathroom she tore off her soiled clothes and flung them into a corner. And then she scrubbed herself with a block of pumice, legs and thighs, loins and chest and arms, until her skin was scratched and red. When she had completed her ritual she felt a new sense of strength; not a masculine strength but a feminine strength. At the end of the story, Elisa sees her seedlings that she had given the tinkerer lying on the roadside. This not only tells of the man wanting nothing but money, but it also tells a fortune to Elisa. It foretells her that she is to forever live in a passionate marriage. A marriage that is equal, in her eyes, to being like an old woman. There are many other symbols in the Chrysanthemums and there are many ways to interpret them. Having such symbolism in a short story adds intrigue and excitement. It gives the reader a chance to find further meaning and importance to the authors writing....