Figure 72: Essay Excerpt on “Chrysanthemums” (2nd Paragraph)

Below is an excerpt that falls under the comment “Analysis.”

You may access the comment by clicking on the “Analysis (Glossary Comment)” and “Case Studies” categories or by typing “Task #1: Account” into the search box.

You may print the excerpt for class discussions.

Account for discrepancies and contradictions. Read the following excerpt from the student essay on Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums.”

Figure 72: Essay Excerpt on “Chrysanthemums” (2nd Paragraph)

The narrative starts out with Elisa working in her flower garden. She looks down across the yard and sees Henry, her husband, talking to two businessmen; they are making a proposition to Henry for his thirty heads of three-year old steers. Elisa takes several glances at the men as they smoke cigarettes and talk; her “face was lean and strong and her eyes were as clear as water . . . her figure looked blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man’s black hat pulled down over her eyes, clod-hopper shoes, a figured print dress almost completely covered by a big corduroy apron with four big pockets . . .” (Steinbeck 220). Steinbeck clearly shows Elisa’s habitual activity; it is implied that she even wears the exact same thing everyday.

Group Activity

Reread the first part of Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums.”

Evaluate the student’s analysis within Figure 72.

Refer to a standard dictionary for clarity.

Locate the discrepancies between what Steinbeck’s writes (primary) and what the student writes (secondary).

Click here for “Figure 73: Sample Passage from Steinbeck’s ‘Chrysanthemums’ (1st Paragraph).”

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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