The conflict in Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums” is the lack of family fulfillment as the leading character in Ellen is frustrated over her husband’s failure to admire her as a woman. She has the cravings to birth a child and starts a family but the events lead to agony because her wish is not granted. She feels ignored by her husband who is supposed to identify her feminine values and appreciate the effort that she presents to the family.The memorable moment where the aspect of self-recognition is achieved is viewed to change the plot in the story is when Elisa notices her advanced role in the family rather than the farming that she had been subjected upon. The leading character recognizes her ability to cater for the garden in a professional manner when she answers prompt questions regarding the flower, proving she is capable of handling the family, hence the reversal from farming to family nurturing.Symbolism is depicted in the chrysanthemums, in the garden that may be taken to mean Elisa’s children. She is careful to attend to the garden like her children and fulfills the obligations of offering the needed attention. She ensures limited bugs and weeds evade her flowers as she fenced the garden from the enemies to create the care needed for her children. Furthermore, she is proud upon receiving compliments from her husband on the flowers and recognized the love advanced in her family after including the measure as her leading activity. She recognizes the opportunity offered in the needed care to look after the flowers like she would care for the children that she had longed to have.
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