The Chrysanthemums Questions and Answers
by John Steinbeck

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What is the significance of the encounter between Elisa and the tinker in “The Chrysanthemums”? Use at least one concept from the “Feminist Criticism” chapter in Critical Theory Today. Highlight the concept/term in bold print and include the page number where it is found in Critical Theory Today.

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Elisa recognizes the tinker as a kind of kindred spirit. More than that, she realizes that the tinker's lifestyle, in which he lives out of his wagon, following the "good weather" up and down the Pacific coast, is one she could lead herself. She comes to believe that she is stronger than the tinker, and bristles at his assertion that his life is not fit for a woman. She dresses for her evening out with her husband full of this sense of...

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