The Chrysanthemums | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Elizabeth E. McMahan

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of The Chrysanthemums.
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Critical Essay by Elizabeth E. McMahan

SOURCE: “‘The Chrysanthemums’: Study of a Woman's Sexuality,” in Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. XIV, No. 4, Winter, 1968–69, pp. 453-58.

In the following essay, McMahan identifies unfulfilled sexual desire as the source of Elisa Allen's frustration in “The Chrysanthemums.”

Virtually every critic who has considered John Steinbeck's short story “The Chrysanthemums” has agreed that its basic theme is a woman's frustration, but none has yet adequately explained the emotional reasons underlying that frustration. In fact, Kenneth Kempton would consider such an explanation impossible. He professes his inability to find any consistent motivation for Eliza's behavior, and declares the work “annoyingly arty, muddy, and unreal.”1 But most critics who have examined “The Chrysanthemums&#x...

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