In John Steinbeck’s short story, ‘The Chrysanthemums’, Elisa Allen is a thirty-five year old farmer’s wife whose underappreciated sensuality appears in the blooming flowers of her chrysanthemum garden. Elisa gets little attention from her husband even as she expresses her traditional skills in housekeeping and gardening. When a persistent repairman commends her for her chrysanthemums, she is willing to open up and give a part of herself in the form of chrysanthemum sprouts. Once the repairman gains his daily bread, the sprouts are seen strewn across the road into town. Symbols of repressed growth, femininity, and manipulation signify that Elisa Allen’s womanly qualities are overlooked to the point where men can manipulate her feminine nature
“They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” (pg 40) Edna finds the role of a mother being lackluster and only impeding her from awakening her inner consciousness. She realizes it would only bring her imprisonment and the lack of independence. She denies the role of a mother to carry out duties and responsibilities for her family rather pursue her dreams she longed for. While at Grand Isle while sitting on the front porch, Adele is sewing winter clothes for her children, although winter is far ahead. It shows her loving care toward her children.
The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck demonstrates many feminist examples, it both agrees and goes against the Cult of Domesticity. Elisa Allen is one of the main characters in this story, demonstrating the domestic role of Cult of Domesticity. She works on the garden which is a common womanly duty. But within her working on the garden, she does not just plant the flowers she does the hard labor towards gardening along with her husband, Henry Allen, as well. We see examples of Elisa doing hard labor on the first page, while she is checking to see what her husband is doing with the three business men, Elisa is cutting down the old year 's chrysanthemum stalks with a pair of short and powerful scissors.
When Sally got married she thought that she will escape from her abusive father and finally get her freedom that she had dreamed about before. Little did she know, her husband would be as protective as her father was over her, so eventually she had given up every aspect of her freedom. Looking out of the window was one of her last hopes and pleasures that she had but Sally’s husband didn’t allow her to do that either. Sally says that “She is afraid to go outside without his permission”(Cisneros, page 102). In this vignette, you could tell that Sally’s husband was the one that prevented Sally from having any freedom, which caused Sally to feel like she was trapped in some kind of a
This “future queen” sees the life she could have flash before her eyes and obviously Macbeth was hesitant because King Duncan was a honest man and Macbeth was a “servant” to him and he was family to Macbeth so he really didn’t want to go through with it. This fueled Lady Macbeth to conjure the death of King Duncan as well as covering it up. Lady Macbeth in Act 1, asked the spirits if they could “unsex” her so that she could ultimately be capable to go through with the killing. She felt like her husband (Macbeth) could not do her dirty work that she could wish that she could do herself. Lady Macbeth tried and attempted to fasten onto Macbeth’s inner feelings and attacked his level of masculinity.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are here today to discuss the actions of Mildred turning in her husband for his twenty plus amount of hidden books. In Fahrenheit 451, Mildred’s actions are not justified because Montag provided a safe life for her and marriage vows state to stand by your significant other through thick and thin. On the other hand, Mildred was raised in a society that did not educate her in what was right or wrong. She did not want to get in trouble, risking the loss of her “family” who she favored over her husband, Montag. Also Mildred’s actions were justified because, Montag was breaking the law, and even though he’s her husband, she did what she thought was right in hope to not lose everything they had.
Well this subject was explained very well by Steinbeck throughout the whole book of “The Grapes of Wrath”. When the family is settled at a camp, Ruthie begins to be needy and wants things because she is tired of just having the bare minimum, but Ma won’t let anything slide. “Ruthie heard the threat in Ma’s tone, and changed her tactics.” (615) For a further image and explanation, this also shows how Ma had to also become the disciplinary figure in the family. Someone might think, well Pa is still the man in the family, so he still has say, but as this quote explains, it is the exact opposite. “Pa’s lost his place.
Throughout the novel, Janie searches for the love that she has always desired, but it is only after experiencing other types of love that she fulfills her desires. Initially, with Logan, Janie attains a protective love provided by Nanny. Logan owns a 60-acre potato farm, representing financial security, and he also drives Janie away from other sexual activity. Joe Starks represents possessive love as Janie is merely a decoration in his shop. She is not allowed to speak on his porch or show her beautiful, dark hair.
Feminism- the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was aimed to be a feminist novel, however it wasn’t a feminist novel because of how Janie depended on her husband, and because of how Janie chose her husband 's. Due to those factors the novel turned out to be a regular novel instead of a feminist novel. Janie was so dependent on her husband’s that she couldn’t really take care of herself. For example in the book nanny forced her to marry Logan so she can have protection and after she left with Joe she couldn’t leave him because she didn’t have money or a place to stay. If it was a feminist novel the author Zora Neale Hurston would’ve had Janie make some money so she
At the beginning of the novel Daisy is a submissive wife who lets her husband have an affair right in front of her face. Then we see her find a voice for herself and tell her husband when she doesn’t like something. Daisy says to Tom “At least they’re more interesting than the people we know,” (108). Daisy has begun to defend Gatsby and not allow Tom to walk over him. Daisy no longer will allow herself to be spoken for but will speak for herself.
John Steinbeck shows us that women often struggle to successfully express oneself, and fail, on the part of others to fulfill one 's emotional needs. The narrator shares, “The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy” (Steinbeck 439). Even though her job maintaining the chrysanthemums might seem boring and unsatisfying she still finds passion in growing them. The chrysanthemums in this quote symbolize Elisa’s life; Elisa can relate to the chrysanthemums because she is stuck at home just like the chrysanthemums are stuck in the ground. In addition, In the rising action, Elisa says to the tinker, “It must be very nice.