In “The Chrysanthemum”, Steinback uses imagery to reinforce the feelings of confinement and loneliness in the main character, Elisa’s, life. He gives detailed descriptions of her scenery and the people she interacts with to give the reader an impression of her feelings. He does this by writing the solemn description of the valley she lives in, her house, and the characters in the story. To begin with, Elisa lives in a valley that seems to be very confining. “On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valley a closed pot.” Since Elisa lives in the valley, it is as if she is also confined in a closed pot.
“The high gray-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world. On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valley a closed pot.” In this line, Steinbeck used descriptive, figurative and sensory language to further emphasize his use of imagery in describing an image of a gray, foggy, winter day. The image of the valley as a “closed pot”, as well as these words, “closed off,” “sat like a lid,” all gave off the feeling of confinement and isolation, which became the theme of the story. The fact Elisa and her husband lived very far from the city, thus making her secluded in her home. Another evidence of confinement in the story is Elisa tending her chrysanthemums within a wire fenced garden, “Then she dug ten parallel trenches to receive the sets.
This is seen in the effects the setting has on the development of the Character Elisa in the story “The Chrysanthemums.” Gray with a flannel fog of winter describes the Salinas Valley where Elisa lives and the dress and manners she has on her ranch in the foothills. Confined by the dark fog that restricts the valley and the surrounding mountains like a “lid placed on a pot,” she and the valley have no sunshine, no happiness, no noise, and no warmth. While the Allen ranch is clean and organized, a feeling of oppression and entrapment is felt in the physical setting and is seen in the development of the character Elisa. The valley, “Closed off” by the winter fog and isolated from other life, Elisa is also trapped and closed off in a life behind her garden gates. “Closed up like a pot,” describes Elisa’s feeling of separateness, loneliness, and emptiness, from the outside world.
“The Chrysanthemums”, by John Steinbeck, is an allegory of an intelligent married woman, whose marriage is functional but passionless. An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. The hidden meaning within this story is Elisa’s frustration with her present life. While her husband is preoccupied with work, she is taking care of the chrysanthemums within her garden. In other words, she is performing the duties of an “at home wife”, while falling in her childless void.
Like Elisa the chrysanthemums are confined to a restricted area where they are not for sale so others may enjoy its beauty. The chrysanthemums stay in the garden just for Elisa’s enjoyment. Elisa is seen the same way by being confined to her life on the farm and in her marriage, where she is
This poem is about nature and how it affects living things other than human beings. The author is worried about the ways of the goats and since she can just put a jacket on or go inside to get warm then how do these creatures who live outside and deal with all the weather survive. When night comes the author knows how her life goes, she probably goes inside gets in bed and goes to sleep, but how do goats do it. She doesn’t know so therefore she finds herself hoping, praying for the goats to get out of the cold and be ok. “Lead them to the brush, which cuts the icy wind.Another frigid night swooping down.”(Nye Lines 9-10 ) So the brush in this sense is like her house to her, her house cuts the wind and lets her be warm and unexposed to the weather. The goats, she knows doesn’t have a house so she is
They find a job on a ranch and that’s where most of the story takes place and where the story follows the common theme of the “American Dream” and loneliness. George and Lennie constantly talk about their dream about owning a farm and they almost came close to it, but a series of unfortunate events occurred and that’s where theme of loneliness come into play. Steinbeck portrays that loneliness is caused by both social barriers and personal choice by exemplifying dialogues and the actions of Curley 's wife, Crooks, and George. Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife as an example to show that loneliness is not only caused by choice but also by social barriers. Curley’s wife is kept in isolation because she is a woman and Curley wants to keep her in the house fearing that she will cheat on him because she flirts with other men.
As Elisa speaks to the tinker, Steinbeck shows how the tinker feels about women: “It must be nice,” she said. “It must be very nice. I wish women could do such things.” “It ain’t the right kind of a life for a woman” (455). The word choices Steinbeck made emphasize how the tinker thinks women should stick to house work. In “Women’s Space,” the author also shows how the tinker feels by further explaining his actions: “On the way into town, Elisa sees the tinker's caravan up ahead, and her chrysanthemum sprouts on the ground beside the road.
In the song “Winter Wonderland” Richard B. Smith, the lyricist created the theme that is to not take things for granted, instead go out and enjoy it by using the poetic devices of imagery, personification, and rhyme. Throughout the entire song thoughts of snow and sleigh rides went through my mind, as well as many other people’s. I believe that Smith did a magnificent job of having the lyrics fulfil the title Winter Wonderland. I chose this song for a couple of reasons actually, the first is that I extremely miss the snow and the coldness, basically the “normal” characteristics for winter in the North East where I mainly lived. Secondly, I have loved this song, even more around Christmas time, since I was a child.
Her eyes hardened with resistance" (Kennedy and Gioia 234). Elisa is aware that her role in society is supposed to be passive and because of this she only has a few passions. One of the most important things for Elisa is her garden of chrysanthemums. Elisa sees the garden as a pride and joy especially because the chrysanthemums are harder to grow. The fact that she is able to have a garden like that makes her feel important and gives her a sense of power and control.
In the book, My Antonia, by Willa Cather, there are many uses of symbolism to portray the ways of life in the characters; for example, the Nebraskan landscape, the prairie, and the lone plow. The purpose of the Nebraskan landscape is to show the influence of nature that it has on the people and the community as a whole. It determines the actions and moods of the characters; for example, Mr.Shimerda commits suicide after a very harsh winter. This shows a connection between the people and the harsh trials of the climate. In the book Jim gets really attached to the environment of the Nebraskan landscape such as the prairie even though after living in New York for twenty years.
“They were pure and innocent—something that wasn’t often found in this world of greed, disgrace, and self-gratification” (Preston 88). Clover often thought of the girls in his cellar as flowers; his mother taught him that flowers were pure and beautiful, and that is what he wanted his family to be similar too. One night, Summer Robinson is walking alone in the dark, something her crazy-hot-protective boyfriend ☺ always tells her not to do. She suddenly hears and sees a man walking toward her saying “Lily”, and he soon calls her Lily. Because of this, Summer feels uneasy and tries to find an escape route; the man kidnaps her and brings her to his cellar.
The use of juxtaposition to contrast Pearl’s grace to the cottage’s depressing nature expresses Pearl’s presence as happy and bright, giving Hester the strength to continue living with optimism for a better future. Although Hester is depressed and living in a gloomy cabin, her daughter brings happiness and hope into her life.
The Elements of A Good Story What makes a good story? Oftentimes writers encounter questions like this and start to wonder about the writing essentials of a good story. As many skills and beautiful words that make up a captivating story, it will have to be one that makes connections to the readers. Only when readers are able to make a connection to their experience or values, they start gaining from the story. Through creating conflicts, conveying the theme and a relative background, the writers of “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Sonny’s Blues” fully express their values and thoughts by the “bridge” between readers and them.
By having this sense of control we can say that this brings her joy because she does not have control of her own life. In a way, she feels important, because without her, her garden would die. The decision that she makes to tend to her garden and care for it closely shows that this is the one and only way to make herself