For instance, the man who in a sense discovered Lawrence, English Review editor F. Ford, said this about "Odour of Chrysanthemums": The very title makes an impact on the mind. You get at once the knowledge that this is not, whatever else it may turn out, either a frivolous or even a gay springtime story. Chrysanthemums are not only flowers of the autumn: they are the autumn itself The story's main character is Elisa Allen. Elisa is thirty-five years old.
She is a character that goes through development and many changes in the story. Throughout the story Elisa Allen goes through both physical and mental changes. She is working in her garden. Her husband Henry comes over to see her and asks her if she would like to go to town for dinner and a movie Her frustration stems from not having a child and from her husband's failure to admire her romantically as a woman.
The only outlet for her frustration is her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums. Steinbeck uses chrysanthemums as symbols of the inner-self of Elisa and of every woman By way of vivid descriptions, Elisa's feelings of dissatisfaction over the lack of excitement in her life are portrayed.
Her role as a mere housewife and then the subsequent change to feelings of a self-assured woman are clearly seen. These inner feelings are most apparent with the portrayal of Elisa working in the garden with the chrysanthemums, the conversation she has with the man passing through, and finally, when she and her husband are going out to dinner In this story it is evident that Elisa has suppressed sexual desires that are awakened.
At the ripe age of thirty-five, Elisa is at her sexual peak, but because of being betrayed by men, she is unable to fulfill those desires. Elisa Allen is a strong woman. She is strong because of her manly qualities. Her masculinity shines through because of the way she covers up herself. There was a feminine part of her wanting to emerge as she wore the "print dress" while working in her flower garden Critic Gregory Palmerino brings light to their relationship issues.
What Palmerino does not focus on is where these deep-rooted communications stem from From these, the reader gathers that Elisa is strong, lean, and eager; the way she talks confidently about her chrysanthemums not only shows her confidence, but her way of filling the void of intimacy in her marriage. However, by the end of the story, the reader finds Elisa completely different, signifying the toll her epiphany has had on her Elisa is first portrayed as a woman whose tasks are exceeded by her abilities.
As the day continues, a stranger briefly enters her life and, through manipulative words, fills her heart with hopes of change and excitement. We learn that these newly-found hopes are crushed when Elisa eventually realizes that she has been used She would spend her time planting chrysanthemums, and cleaning the ranch because she could not do anything else.
That is the way she would relieve herself, but mostly with the chrysanthemum, and I will talk about the symbolism of the chrysanthemums She yearns for a connection, as she eagerly plants and engages in a conversation with an unknown tinker. As she converses with the tinker, notice how she becomes a strong and vibrant woman, as she passionately becomes one with nature. Feeling overwhelmed with her emotions, she begins to realize her role as a woman in the household and attempts to break free Although she is a strong woman, she is frustrated because her husband will not admire her romantically in any way.
This frustration only deepens because she is childless and feels the need to be a mother. She discovers an outlet for her frustration in a flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums Roosevelt had just been reelected president. The country was recovering from the Great Depression, unions were developing, and child labor in manufacturing was terminated Jones Although Elisa loves her flowers, she does not allow herself to truly feel this joy, as symbolized by the thick gloves she wears so that her fingers will never truly touch that which she so adores.
Elisa's flowers, and therefore happiness, are also kept behind walls. Her garden is enclosed by a wire fence behind which only Elisa enters. Even her husband, Henry, only "leans over the wire fence.
She keeps people out with her high fences and keeps feeling out with her thick gloves. This concept is symbolized by rain, a rain which would enable growth and, ultimately, life. But Steinbeck tells us that "fog and rain do not go together. When the tinker comes into Elisa's life, she begins to reveal herself to another person for the first time.
As soon as she meets him, Elisa and the tinker immediately begin to laugh and joke a bit. As they continue to speak, Elisa "removes her gloves. It is Elisa's means of talking down one of the walls she has put up around herslf; she is allowing herself to be exposed, not only visually, but to the elements, to all the feelings, and sensations of life.
As Elisa and the tinker talk further, he experiecnes interest in her life's work -- her chrysanthemums. Elisa has never let anyone into this world of hers before [Prof's note: we don't know for sure about the "never" part. But Elisa is thrilled that someone should take interest in her joy like that, and she lets the tinker into her garden. She appears content with her life and adores tending to her garden. However, a tinker briefly enters her life and through his power of persuasion and manipulation provides Elisa with hopes of change and excitement.
After the first read, it might seem like an innocent tale about a woman and her garden. The description of the December weather being chilly, and no hope of brightening describe how Elisa feels. She is compared to a fallow field that is reticent yet it can grow if given space Tamy The dog describes him as mysterious, unknown and even a dangerous individual.
His rough appearance and flirtatious character make Elisa get attracted to him. He laughs in a cunning way, which may be because he wants Elisa to give him a job; he senses the emotional attraction between them or he is merely amused.
It is very difficult to understand this man, which may be one of the rationales why Elisa got attracted to him in the first place. In addition, he takes advantage of the attraction, which in the end he is proved to be a senseless, uncaring, and unemotional man when he throws away the chrysanthemums Elisa gives him. This clearly shows us that Elisa is attracted to the man, both physical and his lifestyle.
He goes wherever he wants, sleeps under the moon and the star and is answerable to nobody; the lifestyle Elisa admires the most. She is tempted to beg a man to go with him, promising him her best. Apart from making love together, she needs to share in his adventures that she likes the most. However, he turns her down with a vague answer of his life being boring and lonely for a woman like Elisa.
The closing of her eyes halfway shows us that she is envisaging what it would be like to live in the sphere of the Tinker Tamy Later, Elisa provokes her husband when he politely compliments her appearance "What do you mean by 'nice'? Steinbeck seems to be suggesting that honesty and politeness are at least mostly mutually exclusive, and that for one to exist, the other must be tampered down. Constraints and inhibitions versus unrestraint At the story's beginning, Elisa wears heavy, burdensome gardening clothes.
She is fully constrained: by her clothes, by the fence of her flower garden, and by the dictums of her gender. As the story goes on, she experiments with unleashing her inhibitions: the passion of describing her transcendent connection with nature almost causes her to let down her boundaries and reach out to touch the tinker, but at the last moment her inhibitions win out and she restrains herself.
.The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story Elisa Allen is initially portrayed as a woman who overcompensates and whose tasks are far exceeded by her abilities. The dog describes him as mysterious, unknown and even a dangerous individual.
New York: McGraw Hill, As soon as she meets him, Elisa and the tinker immediately begin to laugh and joke a bit. She wants so desperately to feel her life, she wants so desperately to be able to grow. She keeps people out with her high fences and keeps feeling out with her thick gloves. After Elisa had been gardening for a bit, her husband comes and talks to her. By way of vivid descriptions, Elisa's feelings of dissatisfaction over the lack of excitement in her life are portrayed.
How does that fit in? That is, at least until someone finally comes into Elisa's life and she is able to let that person into herself.
You look strong enough to break a calf over your knee, happy enough to eat it like a watermelon.
The only outlet for her frustration is her flower garden where she cultivates beautiful chrysanthemums. She explains her flowers as an allegory to her life.
The couple has two children, and they are expecting their third child. Initially Elisa is seen tending to her garden with great devotion such that she is seen as capable and strong. She is working in her garden. Instead, it will argue that Elisa's chrysanthemums, and her masculine qualities are natural manifestations of a male dominated world It is easy to get metaphors and similes confused with one another.