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Epiphany of Elisa in "the Chrysanthemums"

Summary: Describes how author John Steinbeck described Elisa Allen in "The Chrysanthemums" only by her language and actions. Considers how though little knowledge is given about Elisa, the reader can gather clues and evidence leading to her life-changing revelation and the impact it has on her.
John Steinbeck described Elisa Allen in "The Chrysanthemums" only with her language and actions. From these, the reader gathers that Elisa is strong, lean, and eager; the way she talks confidently about her chrysanthemums not only shows her confidence, but her way of filling the void of intimacy in her marriage. However, by the end of the story, the reader finds Elisa completely different, signifying the toll her epiphany has had on her.

When the peddler arrives at Elisa's house, he seems very avid to do some work for her; she becomes irritated with his persistence, but soon changes. Once he begins to act interested and appreciative of her chrysanthemums (even requests for some sprouts), she begins to feel appreciated by him and lets her guard down. Removing her bulky clothes and transforming into a feminine woman in time to go out...

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