In the story “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck, a lady named Elisa Allen and her better half Henry live in the Salinas Valley in California. The setting is in December-a period of mist and little daylight. The lady is first presented when she is out in the blossom plant working with her chrysanthemums. The blossoms symbolize numerous things in the story. Elisa sees these blossoms as delightful plants that are solid, versatile and flourishing. She puts all her opportunity and exertion into these blossoms as though they were her youngsters; setting aside her opportunity to keep an eye on them chopping down the old stocks by hand so the new ones will survive. Elisa is likewise exceptionally pleased with these blossoms and how she can develop such a product and ensures that they don’t capitulate to bugs or different things. A repairman arrives and asks about the flowers. At the point when the tinker indicates more interest and expresses that he might want to carry some with him, she is exceptionally energized and more than willing to furnish him with the blossoms. However, the man was simply trying to get a job rather than having actually interest in the job. Toward the end of the story when Elisa is in the auto with her significant other while in transit to town she sees the plants that she gave the man tossed onto the side of the street. This surprises her on the grounds that with as much love and enthusiasm that she puts into those blossoms, she sees them hurled to the side of the street; used simply as was she. She reacts by crying. The flowers represent her world, she nourishes them and they in return thrive. The flowers signify her lack of emotional nourishment missing from her husband. The chrysanthemums add meaning and depth to the story because they display a emotion of a character, emotions that aren’t express but rather implied. The emotions and relationships of Elisa are known because of Steinbeck’s use of the chrysanthemums.