The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

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What might be a good thesis statement for an essay on the short story "The Chrysanthemums," by John Steinbeck, especially if one were trying to imagine the story being made into a film?

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John Steinbeck’s famous short story “The Chrysanthemums” might easily provide the basis for a successful short film. The story has a lucid plot, memorable characters, an interesting setting, and intriguing symbolism. An effective thesis for an essay about turning this story into a film might read as follows:

One aspect of John Steinbeck’s short story “The Chrysanthemums” that could be effectively suggested in a film is the theme of growing old, both literally and figuratively – a theme that might be conveyed in a film through the use of various kinds of symbolism.

Aging, or growing old, is a frequent topic of the story. In fact, the opening sentence of the story establishes a wintertime setting, and of course winter is often presented as the end of the “life-cycle” of any given year. Likewise, old age is often...

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