Anthem is the story of Equality 7-2521, a member of a futuristic society where individualism is punishable by death and technology is carefully regulated by faceless bureaucracy. Equality embarks on a journey of self-discovery while on the run from his society of origin, plumbing the depths of individualism for himself and eventually taking on the name Prometheus as he prepares to bring metaphorical fire back to humanity. The story is an anti-socialist allegorical piece that inspired acidic reviews upon its publication.
The Odour of Chrysanthemums is the story of Elizabeth, a young woman whose alcoholic and abusive husband, Walter, dies in a Nottinghamshire coal mining pit. The story follows Elizabeth as she prepares the body for burial. Her calmness and her ability to help her children through the tragedy are contrasted with her mother-in-law's anguish and hysterical discomposure. The story deals with themes of marriage, abuse, unhappiness, emotional connection, and bravery in the face of death.
"The Crysanthemums" is a short story by John Steinbeck about Elisa Allen, living in Salinas Valley, California, and her interaction with a traveler. Before heading into town with her husband, Elisa is confronted by a traveling man looking for work. As she works in the garden, he begins to speak of her flowers and she is charmed, offering him some work and giving him Chrysanthemum cuttings. Later, on the way to town she finds the cuttings thrown away and is heartbroken. The story presents themes of alienation, beauty and disappointment.
The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight are three works of fiction by American author John Steinbeck. The Red Pony is a series of short stories about life on a ranch. Chrysanthemums deals with a woman's attempts to own her identity and to succeed as a gardener. Flight is the story of Pepe, a young French boy who murders a man in an argument and is himself hunted down and shot.