Discuss the irony and symbolism found in the story.

Paper on short story, the chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

This class is designed so that each week you build on the knowledge you gained the week before. You readings, forums, assignments, and my comments on your assignments helped develop your understanding of literature. Therefore, this paper is a cumulative reflection of what it is you have learned in this class. Consider it a final exam, as I will be grading it as such.

Read John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Chrysanthemums” beginning on page 226 in our textbook. It is also posted in this unit in Moodle. Be certain to correctly cite the version you choose.

Choose one of the following questions on which to base your thesis:

Analyze the plot in terms of its exposition, complication, crises, falling action, and denouncement.

Examine the relationships between the two main characters.

Discuss the irony and symbolism found in the story.

Describe how setting plays a role in the story.


Your paper must be at least 7 pages long. I will accept papers up to 9 pages long. This does not include the Works Cited page.

Your paper must include 4 scholarly sources that are referenced in your paper. You may use Literature, An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing as a source of information as an outside source. The short story by Steinbeck is a primary source; therefore, you will have at least 4 sources referenced in your paper and on the works cited page.

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