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Symbolism in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"

Summary: In John Steinbeck's short story "The Chrysanthemums," the symbolism associated with the fence, the garden, and the chrysanthemums help to illustrate the story by striking an emotional chord with the audience.
Symbolism in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"

In "The Chrysanthemums" John Steinbeck develops a theme of limitations. The story is essentially a man in the mirror story where the rigid Elisa sees herself for the first time as trapped. Although Elisa has recognized her life as limited and confining, she sadly accepts her life as is and does nothing to rectify her situation. In John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" symbolism of the fence, the garden, and the chrysanthemums help illustrate the story by striking an emotional chord with the audience.

Primarily the idea of limitation or confinement is presented as the story begins: "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." Within...

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