Re: The Chrysanthemums
sberg wrote:dsader wrote:
How is this ironic?
The tinker offers to sharpen her scissors. This is ironic because Elisa has transformed and grown flirtacious and confident while the tinker is in the yard, and has made her develop a desire to grow further into confidence. He offers to sharpen her scissors, only to cut her down when he dumps the chrysanthemums on the side of the road.
What do you think of her reply about the scissors? “No. My scissors are all sharp.”
I think that before the tinker arrives, Elisa is content with her life. She is not offered any other lifestyle. She watches her husband from her garden, her house is tidy, and Henry sold some cattle. However, "Her eyes sharpened," when Henry complimented the talent of her planting hands. He invites to take her into town, to which she replies "Of Course, I'll like it." Elisa is not self-conscious that she is dressed in masculine clothing, as long as she is tending to her garden: her prized value. At this point in the story, her scissors are sharp. I also find irony in the tinker's line "Most people just ruin scissors trying to sharpen ‘em, but I know how. I got a special tool. " He ruined the sharpness of her scissors with his refusal, and when he tossed her chrysanthemums, her prized value, into the ditch. He used the special tool of flattery, and at the end of the story, one could argue that Elisa's scissors are now dull.