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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.|
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).”
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