September 16, 2017
Since the beginning, women have always fought for equality between the sexes as they refused to be seen inferior to men. In the recent years, feminism has been a strong topic but in the 30’s, the movement was still fresh so not much was happening. Women around that time were still being treated unfairly. Most of them did not argue about this lifestyle of domestic work every day. However, there was always a few that were frustrated. In Steinbeck's “The Chrysanthemums,” the flowers do have an important significance as they represent Elisa’s missing children and her sexuality along with her hopes.
From the start, it shows Elisa’s love for her gardening activity, especially taking care of her chrysanthemums. There are no signs of her having children which gives the idea that she is not a mother. She acts like one towards her flowers. She is super careful with all the steps just to make sure the plants stay in good condition(Steinbeck 190). Now, what kind of mother would not give that much of attention? The flowers also have a fence around them to keep them safe which tells us that she is very protective of them(Steinbeck 190). Just like how a mother would be for her children. It appears that she is always with them around the same time every year(Steinbeck 190). She puts out all of her affection and energy into the chrysanthemums to fill up the missing family in her life.
Throughout the whole story, Elisa is unhappy about the way she lives her life as a woman as she expresses her wishes to be more free to the tinker( Steinbeck 195). The chrysanthemums demonstrates her frustration towards Henry or even the male generation in general...