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John Steinbeck uses symbolism to give alternate meanings to his short story "Chrysanthemums." A symbol is a device used to suggest more than its literary meaning. He uses these symbols to look further into the characters and their situations. The character Elisa has a garden, which is more than just a garden, and the chrysanthemums that she tends are more than just flowers. There are actions that she performs in the story, which also have other meanings.
Elisa is a country housewife. She is semi-distant from her husband and greatly distant from the world around her. She is a homebody, meaning that she rarely leaves the boundaries of her home and she has a lot of time and energy being built up. She uses some of this energy to clean up her house, but most of it is spent on her flower garden. Her garden is a place of solitude. It's her own little world where she can let herself go and be the person that she wants to be. Her feminine side is brought out in her gar
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- "The Chrysanthemums" and Its Symbolism John Steinbeck uses symbolism to give alternate meanings to his short story "Chrysanthemums." A symbol is a device used to suggest ...
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