What is the symbolism of the chrysanthemums?

The chrysanthemums are symbolic of her children, and she is very proud of them. When Elisa’s husband compliments her on her flowers, she is proud, and “on her face there [is] a little smugness”(240).

What is the moral of The Chrysanthemums?

Perhaps the most prevalent theme in ‘The Chrysanthemums’ is one of feminine sexual repression.

What do yellow chrysanthemums symbolize?

A yellow chrysanthemum blossom on the other hand signifies neglected love or sorrow. A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy.

What do scissors symbolize in The Chrysanthemums?

Throughout “The Chrysanthemums” scissors connote a sense of masculine power and control. Elisa is rarely without her scissors throughout most of the story. She has a special pocket in her apron devoted to her scissors and she uses them in her chrysanthemum garden to cut down the previous season’s growth.