Women in Society
John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” and James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” tell two very different stories about two very different people—but both share … two very different people—but both share one thing in common, which is each conveys a sense of what women in society are like. Steinbeck’s short story is naturally more sympathetic and empathetic, as the main character of the story is a woman, who is aching for affection … who disappears into daydreams while awaiting orders from his wife. This paper will compare and contrast the portrayal of women in society by Steinbeck and Thurber and show how an aching disconnect exists between women and their men.
In “Walter Mitty,” Mrs. Mitty is depicted as somewhat … fast in the car) indicates that the world of Mr. and Mrs. Mitty is a bit different from the world of Elisa in Steinbeck’s short……
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Steinbeck, John. “The Chrysanthemums.” http://mspachecogdhs.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/2/0/13206998/the_chrysanthemums_by_john_steinbeck.pdf
Sweet, Charles A. \\"Ms. Elisa Allen and Steinbeck\\'s\\" The Chrysanthemums\\".\\" Modern Fiction Studies 20.2 (1974): 210.
Thurber, James. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” http://www.novamil.org/sites/novamil.org/files/secret_life_of_walter_mitty_se.pdf
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