Explain how Steinbeck uses the chrysanthemums as a symbol (perhaps both cultural and contextual?) that provides insight into Elisa.

Explain how Steinbeck uses the chrysanthemums as a symbol (perhaps both cultural and contextual?) that provides insight into Elisa. How does the outcome of seeing the flowers discarded and her subsequent exchange with Henry help reveal an idea or theme that Steinbeck might be implying?

Thesis Paragraph: establish a thesis paragraph using the inverted funnel method. Begin by asserting what the flowers symbolize; then summarize your argument in no more than three sentences; in a last sentence, point to Steinbeck’s theme.
Body paragraphs: make certain that you have a strong topic sentence, that you have integrated quotations seamlessly, and that you have used parenthetical notation properly, with punctuation in the right place. For the most part, try to limit your paragraphs to 6 or fewer sentences. Transitions are hugely important!!! Connect your ideas so that your reader can follow your train of thought at all times.
Conclusion: Treat the final elements of the story here and use your analysis to help you make a statement of theme. Especially consider the exchange between husband and wife at the end and the image of Elisa that concludes the story.