Both of these books are about the terrible time of the Great Depression, and the sufferings of workers who could not find jobs. There seems to be a problem with Henry, Elisa or either that one or both are impotent. The gesture of straightening her back seems to be an assertion that she was responsible for the success of her plants. Sunshine is often associated with happiness, and the implication is that while people near her are happy, Elisa is not. Only the dogs had heard. When she dresses, she puts on her best underwear and applies makeup to her face.
The man tells her about one of his regular customers who also gardens. Steinbeck is a pretty stingy writer: he does a lot with just a little. Steinbeck portrays women according to his time period. Elisa struggles to find herself as she is caught between showing her feminine self and assuming a more masculine stance to establish her worth in society. By way of vivid descriptions, Elisa's feelings of dissatisfaction over the lack of excitement in her life are portrayed.
How lonely or bored Elisa may actually be is noticeable by the fact that she gets one of her pots repaired when she originally had no intention of doing so. The boxing fights represent similar to the tinker, dangerous and adventurous and heart racing. Towards the end, Elisa slips back into reality as she goes out with her husband. He smiled for a second. In this instance, Elisa asserts equality between men and women.
Her despair is also evident his husband asks her out. Although the resolution is not as happy and fulfilling as audiences hope and expect to be. The story starts describing the valley with the writer likening it to the pot with a fog lid. No aphids were there, no sowbugs or snails or cutworms. Elisa intially reacts to each situation as a man would, but is forever reminded that she is a woman.
First, she is described as a female who looks like a man when working. She is isolated from the world, she feels frustrated with her marriage and she wants nothing more than a sense of connection to the world outside her garden gate, illustrating the general sentiment of women everywhere who were frustrated in their attempts to connect with the greater world. He drives up to the house on a ramshackle wagon and asks Elisa for directions and work. Her frustration with the male-dominated society causes her to let go of her dreams for liberation and to become what society expects her to be--a passive woman. Her decision to look away from the blacksmith as she was passing him completed the process. The man chats and jokes with Elisa, but she admits that she has no work for him to do.
It would not be often that Elisa would have visitors to the farm so every stranger who arrived meant for an opportunity to engage with the stranger. They cannot develop without nourishment, and most of all they cannot flourish if not carefully tended to. In the end, Elisa is faced with the reality of male dominance in society. They never make a mistake. Elisa finishes off the night with wine and crying, a combination of escaping reality and being sad over it.
This technique allows him to examine her psyche and show us the world through her eyes. In the end, she failed to make herself relevant, and proved how difficult it is for a woman to be significant in a male-dominated society. She allows her emotions to control her and lets go of her masculine side, freeing her central feminine sexuality, according to Sweet 212. Elisa is smart, energetic, attr … active, and ambitious, but all these attributes go to waste. I go from Seattle to San Diego and back every year. With her role on the farm being already defined.
She turns her head so he cannot see her crying. As they head for town, she sees the chrysanthemum sprouts she had given the man lying by the side of the road. The only information that Elisa has about the management of the ranch is only obtained indirectly from Henry her husband; he only speaks vaguely. Throughout the text, it is apparent to readers that Elisa seems to be at conflict with herself. Mordecai Marcus says that Elisa's first response to the tinker is that of a man, for she resists giving him work 56. She sees no point in it. The dog describes him as mysterious, unknown and even a dangerous individual.