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Symbolism in Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums".

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GCSE John Steinbeck

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Symbolism in Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"

"The Chrysanthemums" is one of the short stories of the famous American writer John Steinbeck.. Symbols are an essential part of the great short story, because they give the reader more to think about. In this essay, I would like to focus on the usage of symbols in this short story

The short story is opened by the description of the landscape in which the farm of Henry Allen is situated. I would like to write a few sentences about the setting of the story, because from my point of view it helps to create the character of Elisa Allen. Allen's farmhouse is situated in Salinas Valley, near San Jose. The valley is described as closed off from the sky and from the rest of the world. It is December and there is no sunshine, but a fog. ...On every side it sat like a lid on the mountains and made the great valley a closed pot... This description gives us the picture of a sad atmosphere of the valley. Everyone who lives there must have the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world. In the second paragraph

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