Of Mice and Men Essay
November 3rd, 2011
Sexism vs. Society
Throughout the book Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck displays sexism in a negative way in the early 1930’s. The character in the novel that people are sexist towards is known only as Curley’s Wife. Since Curley’s wife is the only girl on the ranch, all the men always hit on her because they see her as an object and not just as a person. Sexism was common during that time period, many women were treated very poorly. This novel is set in the time period of the Great Depression and many people were not given equal rights.
Curley’s wife is an outcast in the novel. If Curley ever saw her just hanging around he would tell her to go back to the house. Curley is always looking for his wife to make sure she is not talking to the other men. “You seen a girl around here?”(37). Being the only girl on the ranch she gets mistreated by many of the men, including Curley. If she is ever doing anything wrong, Curley gets really mad and yells at her. Curley’s wife is always complaining about how much she does not like him. “Well I ain’t told this to nobody before, maybe I ought to. I don’t like Curley, he ain’t a nice fella” (89).
Throughout the novel Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is stereotyped. All of the men think she is a big tramp. She is always trying to the talk to the men. She is the only girl on the ranch, so she is going to talk to all the men. She is so lonely and Curley is always working and does not really talk to his wife. “I get lonely” (87). Whenever Curley catches her talking with the other men, he threatens to hurt them. When Curley’s wife talks to Lennie in the barn right before her kills her, Steinbeck really makes a point that she is not a tramp, but is just mistreated. “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley, else he gets mad. How’d you like to not talk to anybody?” (87)
Curley’s wife does not get any respect, and is not even important enough to be called by her real...