The Chrysanthemums Literary Analysis Essay

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The Chrysanthemums Literary Analysis
One of the themes of “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck is gender inequality. In this short story, the main character Elisa Allen was a strong, smart woman who was stuck being a common housewife. Elisa wishes she could go out and be like the tinker, sleeping under the stars and adventuring every day of her life. Elisa’s husband owns a ranch of some sorts, and when he tells Elisa of the business deal he’d just made he gave her an unspecific explanation, or a dumbed down one so he doesn’t “confuse her”.
One example of gender inequality is when Elisa was talking to the tinker about his lifestyle, “It must be nice,” she said. “It must be very nice. I wish women could do such things.” “It ain’t the life
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