Pent-up World of Chrysanthemums: Analysis of John Steinbeck’s Chrysanthemums

Zhaoxia JIANG


Chrysanthemums is a masterpiece taken from John Steinbeck’s short-story-collection The Long Valley. The story mainly tells the married Elisa Allen’s pursuit of one integrated self but somehow fails finally. This paper intends to interpret Elisa Allen’s pursuit process from the perspective of Freud’s psychoanalysis, and try to dig out the causes of her final failure.
Keywords: chrysanthemum, pent-up, psychoanalysis
Résumé Chrysanthème,une nouvelle excellente, fait partie du recueil de nouvelles The Long Valley de John Steinbeck. La nouvelle raconte principalement l’anéantissement du rêve d’une femme mariée Elisa Allen qui poursuit l’intégralité de soi. Cet article essaie d’interpréter le processus complet de poursuite d’Elisa Allen dans la perspective de l’analyse psychologique de Freud, et de trouver la raison de son échec final.
Mots clés: chysanthème, fermé, l’analyse psychologique
摘 要 約翰•斯坦貝克的《菊花》是其 “The Long Valley”中的一篇精彩短篇小說。小說主要講述了已婚的伊莉莎•愛倫追求 “完整自我 ”的夢想的破碎。本文試從佛洛德的精神分析批評的角度解讀伊莉莎的自我追求全過程, 並探尋其最後夢想破碎的原因。

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