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What is the tone in John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums"?

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The narrative focuses on Elisa Allen, and she is a woman who seems to feel that she is marginalized by the male forces that surround her. She is clearly energetic, strong, and capable, but her husband takes care of the business decisions concerning their farm, leaving her confined to domestic pursuits in the house and garden, fenced in not unlike their dog.

Words and phrases that describe Elisa's world such as "closed off," " a closed pot," and "a time of quiet and of waiting" suggest a tone of longing . Elisa's fascination with the tinker, even though he is not a particularly nice man,...

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