Masculine And Feminine Roles In Steinbeck's Chrysanthemums

1217 Words5 Pages
Masculine and Feminine Roles in Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums”
In the story “The Chrysanthemums”, by John Steinbeck, Elisa Allen lives an unsatisfactory life as she desires more than what is bestowed upon her. The reader learns Elisa’s husband is culpable for not seeing the beauty of his wife, leaving an open door for the antagonist, a traveler, to prey upon Elisa’s. Steinbeck uses Masculine and Feminine roles of the early 20th century, Internal Conflict, and an antagonist, to show Elisa’s struggle for Identity.
Steinbeck illustrates Masculine and feminine roles of the 20th century in the “Chrysanthemums” to show Elisa’s struggle with identity. Elisa role as wife is brought to light through the task she is given as a character and wife. The reader sees this here as she draws her husband a hot bath fulfilling his needs before her own as she isn’t dressed yet for the evening “He entered the house calling, “Elisa, where are you?” “In my room, Dressing. I’m not ready. There’s hot water for your bath. Hurry up. it’s getting late.” (Steinbeck 852). Furthermore, Steinbeck uses one more example in the story “She stood his polished shoes on the floor beside the bed” (852) to show how she takes care of his needs before her own. The assumed roles shown help exemplify the causality of Elisa’s struggle with fulfillment and identity.
Masculine and Feminine roles greatly influence the life of Elisa and Henry. Elisa identifies her role in the story as a woman that needs to stay home and
Open Document