Please analyze the quote below from "The Chrysanthemums."  "Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew. She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey. She...

Please analyze the quote below from "The Chrysanthemums."

 

"Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew.

She tried not to look as they passed it, but her eyes would not obey. She whispered to herself sadly, "He might have thrown them off the road. That wouldn't have been much trouble, not very much. But he kept the pot," she explained."

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Let us remember what has happened to Elisa through her meeting with the tinker man. She, through his interest in her and her chrysanthemums, suddenly feels free to imagine a different life where she is not so oppressed and profoundly limited. Note the sexually charged moment when she contemplates reaching out and holding on to his leg. The apparent interest that this stranger shows in Elisa and the subsequent questions that she asks him about his way of life and how attractive it seems to her shows her desire to break out of her confining situation. Her gift of the chrysanthemum shoots symbolises something of this desire to be liberated and free. However, as she drives off with her husband, she sees that the man has thrown the shoots and the earth on the ground. In a crushing epiphany, she recognises that he was only being polite to her to try and gain some custom and that he didn't really care either about her or about her flowers. This of course represents a dual betrayal, as she sees how the man has betrayed her, but how, much more importantly, she has betrayed herself by allowing herself to be taken over by her romantic ideas of freedom and release. The tears that result come from the re-imposition of the limitations of her life, that even the thought of going to see the fights or having wine with dinner cannot shake off.

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