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Odour of Chrysanthemums

When Walter dies in "Odour of Chrysanthemums," Elizabeth realizes in the end that she has shared nothing with her husband. She thinks, "And she knew what a stranger he was to her. In her womb was...

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Here as elsewhere, Lawrence uses imagery drawn from the natural world to illustrate a theme. The characters in the story are very much a product of their landscape: the harsh, unforgiving...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018, 10:17 am (UTC)

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

As the protagonist in “The Odour of Chrysanthemums,” the reader follows Elizabeth through one night of her life. This is the night that changes everything for Elizabeth forever. Summary...

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Elizabeth Bates lives in a bleak setting: a small industrial coal-mining town. In front of her house, trucks “thumped heavily” past her house. The smoke from the train settled on the grass. The...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

D. H. Lawrence’s The Odour of Chrysanthemums is a short story written in 1909 and published in 1911. The main protagonist is Elizabeth Bates, who is pregnant, along with being the mother of two...

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

“The Odour of Chrysanthemums” by D. H. Lawrence presents a protagonist who has to face the mistakes that she has made in her life. This happens at the worst time of her life: the death of her...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013, 8:21 am (UTC)

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The first and most obvious difference between Elizabeth Bates ("Ordour of Chrysanthemums") and Josephine ("The Daughters of the Late Colonel") is that Elizabeth is a wife and mother whereas...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010, 8:37 am (UTC)

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Both “The Odour of Chrysanthemums” by D. H. Lawrence and “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” by Katherine Mansfield have female protagonists. These flawed women face difficult futures because of...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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D. H. Lawrence’s ‘‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’’ examines a woman's reaction after her husband's death in a coal mine. Elizabeth is a widow left with two small children and a baby on the way; her late...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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A careful reading of the story reveals the way in which the title of this excellent story relates to Elizabeth's gradual awareness of the true nature of her relationship with her husband. We are...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011, 8:54 pm (UTC)

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This is a difficult question, as we have before us four exemplary modernist texts. At first, I was torn between Woolf's "Kew Gardens" and Joyce's "The Dead." Critic and writer Anthony Burgess...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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The setting contributes to the foreshadowing of Walter's demise. As the hours tick by with no sign of Elizabeth's husband, darkness settles increasingly heavily into the house. Young Annie watches...

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Elizabeth is a proud, opinionated woman. She shows elements of strength in her interactions with othes, but also elements of weakness, highlighted by her self-criticism. Elizabeth strength shows...

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The mood of isolation permeates this entire short story. From the very beginning, Elizabeth is isolated. She is waiting for Walter to return for dinner. She is isolated and alone with her thoughts....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010, 2:14 am (UTC)

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

"Odour of Chrysanthemums" is a short fictional story written in 1909 by English writer and poet D. H. Lawrence. It was originally published in 1911. It tells the story of Elizabeth Bates and her...

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

D. H. Lawrence presents a woman who is disillusioned with her life in his story “The Odour of Chrysanthemums.” Elizabeth Bates acts with hostility and anger toward her husband and children. Her...

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That "our" spelling to the modern eye generally demarcates a difference between American English and the English spellings found in the UK, Canada, Australia, and most other parts of the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018, 8:45 am (UTC)

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Odour of Chrysanthemums

There are some elements you will not want to miss out in your critical appreciation of the masterly short story 'The Odour of Chrysanthemums' by D H Lawrence. Firstly appreciate how well he sets...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2009, 3:46 am (UTC)

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Initially, Elizabeth Bates is described as "a tall woman of imperious mien." That is, she has a domineering, authoritative look. She is uptight, telling her son John not to drop petals of the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012, 2:35 am (UTC)

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“Odour of Chrysanthemums” centers on the character of Elizabeth, a wife and mother in a small mining town. Elizabeth’s life is largely devoted to caring for her family. Although she understands...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 5:00 am (UTC)

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Both of these responses explain but do not call specific attention to the imporantance of class and gender in understanding the role of death in the story. John’s fate was determined by the fact...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2007, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Elizabeth Bates in “The Odour of Chrysanthemums” by D. H. Lawrence and Josephina “Jug” Pinner in “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” by Katherine Mansfield serve as the protagonists of their...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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The physicality of the relationship between Elizabeth and her husband is stressed in two main ways. After her husband is killed at the mine where he works, there is constant focus on his dead body...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2013, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Elizabeth's husband does not enjoy coming home to his wife. She speaks to him, and about him, "bitterly." She resents him when he is late home from work, and she takes out on him the frustrations...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 11:41 am (UTC)

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In the short story "Odour of Chrysanthemums" by D. H. Lawrence, Elizabeth Bates, a pregnant woman with two young children in a coal mining town, waits for her husband to come home. He is late, and...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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If we examine the thoughts that go through Elizabeth's mind carefully, we can see that there is an interesting development as the story tracks its inevitable path towards tragedy and sadness. At...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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It is obvious that in this story the chrysanthemum's assume a symbolic significance as they are a key image that runs throughout the story. We are told that Elizabeth Bates associates the smell of...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2009, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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The environmentally unfriendly industrial practice referred to in this story is coal mining. The effect of coal mining in this story is the death of our protagonist's husband, Walter. His death is...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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The quote 'dirty hole, rats and all' from the short story 'Odour of Chrysanthemums' by D H Lawrence refers to the standard of accommodation the miners,their wives and children were expected to live...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2009, 5:00 am (UTC)

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The key to the differences between husband and wife is given in Elizabeth’s realization, after her husband dies, that they had never truly been together. Instead, they had functioned in parallel,...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019, 5:16 am (UTC)

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Elizabeth is a character who finds herself in a very difficult situation in life. It is clear from the text that she feels she is superior to those around her, yet by marrying her husband she has...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011, 6:45 pm (UTC)

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I think you can make a case for Mr. Bates being the main character of the story, but I would still argue that Mrs. Bates is the true principal character. You say that the story is built around Mr....

Latest answer posted January 18, 2010, 4:35 am (UTC)

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To recap my answer to an earlier question, the story portrays the physicality of the husband-wife relationship by focusing on the husband's dead body and his wife's reaction to it, as she...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2013, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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