Her life in the valley had become limited to housewife duties and the only sustenance that seemed to exist could merely be found in her chrysanthemum garden.
Not until she becomes encountered with a remote tinker-man out and about seeking for work, does she begin to reach many of the internal emotions that had long inhibited her femininity....
Elisa Allen is the main character who is at her strongest and most proud in the garden and weakened when she becomes vulnerable and loses her connection to the outer world.
Elisa shows a new aura of confidence when she makes this connection to a peddler, who also is the cause of her realization of reality and her crying....
It is an overwhelming thing, strong and powerful, the way that Walter is a huge part of her life.
However, it is also impersonable and cold, just as her relationship to her husband is.
[tags: The Chrysanthemums Essays] - “Why-why Elisa….
You look strong enough to break a calf over your knee, happy enough to eat it like a watermelon.” (Steinbeck 232) Most people reading this would just pass it off as a tactless man’s attempt to compliment, but is that all it is.
In “The Chrysanthemums”, Elisa is a farm wife, whose only passion in life is found in her gardening.
Henry, her husband, owns a farm and is oblivious to the monotony of Elisa’s life.