The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

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I'm writing an analytical essay on The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck. Please suggest a possible thesis statement.

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Coming up with a thesis statement for John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"—or any piece of literature—is a process in and of itself. A thesis statement is basically a position you are arguing using evidence found within the text (as well as independent research, depending on the type of essay). Often, these statements evolve during the writing process. One of the best ways to approach an assignment such as this is to look at which topics you would like to discuss. For example, you can look at Elisa's dissatisfaction with her stagnated life at the ranch.

Once you have a topic, you can begin putting together a basic thesis statement. Let's use the example from above. Throughout the story, Steinbeck portrays Elisa as wanting more out of life. Through her interaction with the tinker, one gets the impression that her marriage lacks passion. Additionally, during their conversation she contemplates life as a female traveler. Elisa's lack of satisfaction causes her to act out, both in her...

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