Almost everyone on the ranch is lonely and she symbolizes this. The audience would come to believe she is a weak isolated character however, the men are fearful of her. She is the wife of their boss. She has power and this power creates fear among the ranch workers. She is both in charge and screaming for attention.
Lennie had crushed his hand in his giant ‘paw’, breaking most of the bones in his hand. If someone knew that there was a dangerous man around the ranch you would not let your loved ones go around the ranch alone. His absence shows that maybe Curley didn’t really care much about the safety of his own wife, as he let her walk around the ranch like there was nothing to worry about. I think Curley neglected his duties as to protect his wife because Curley either doesn’t really care about his wife and only really married her for the pride or he cared about her but didn’t think about her as much as he should have he thought more about his pride and respect than the safety of his own wife. I also think that George is morally responsible because he is obliged to take care of Lennie, George knows everything about Lennie and therefore should have known what he is capable of.
Candy explains this by saying that Curly is “like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys…he’s mad at ‘em because he ain’t a big guy,” (Steinbeck, Page 26). He is unable to seek reassurance from the other men on the ranch because they are, in a way, afraid of him because of the power he holds over them by being the boss’s son. Curly is lonely as he cannot socialize with the men in a carefree way, nor can he be entirely comfortable with his wife, who was never truly in love with him. However, the reader is never asked to sympathize with Curly, nor does the author ever portray his disappointment in a straightforward way, opting instead to make him angry and confrontational to show that
“A Sorrowful Woman” by Gail Godwin, opened with once upon a time, but this short story is far from a fairy tale. The woman is never named throughout the story, leading the reader to believe she feels she has no identity, and the fact that her family is never named either could lead one to believe there is no connection to them. In the very beginning, the husband is described as “durable, receptive, gentle; the child a tender golden three” (39), but the sight of them makes her “sad and sick” (39). As a reader, I want to know how these feelings of despise and disgust came to be. As the story unfolds, the unnamed wife becomes increasingly distant from the love of her husband and son.
“If you can’t keep control of your god-damn wife what do you want me to do about it?” Curley’s wife’s behaviour on the ranch angered Curley so much that he often vented his anger on the other men because Lennie was laughing to himself. Curley got self-conscious and started a fight because Curley thought Lennie was laughing at him. Curley’s wife was used to convey the misery of a woman’s life on a ranch. She was lonely because no one wanted to speak to her or listen to her. She was desperate for attention and someone to like her.
She tends to look for other male ranchers. But Curley, her husband does not recognize her as a person but more like a sexual object, Candy said that “he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife” this shows us Curley uses he wife as a trophy and she was never given a name in the novella, she is only treated as a possession of Curley and how no one else on the ranch wanted to get to know her but avoid her instead. We first set eyes on Curley’s wife in the bunk house, when she pretends to be looking for Curley the impression of Curley’s wife being flirtatious is emphasized as she dresses inappropriately for a women married to the boss’s son “she had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, her fingernails are red and her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages” which in my opinion red shows sign of danger besides from this, she both talk and acts playfully and flirtatiously in front of other ranchers “she said playfully”. Candy’s description of Curley’s wife seems accurate after her first appearance in the novel. In this situation George notices this and tries to avoid having conversation with her, using short answers like “Well he ain’t now.” This is because he thinks Curley’s wife is“Jail bait” before getting to know Curley’s wife and the reason why she is this way.
She was very critical of people around her, and found it very difficult to connect with anyone. This was because she found it so difficult to show how she felt. Her inability to show she emotions lead people around her to believe she didn’t care. For example: When her son John passed away, Hagar didn’t cry. This made everyone in town think that she simply didn’t feel any remorse for her son’s death.
Within the short story "The Painted Door" Ann shows that she experiences feelings of depression, and isolation. Ann's negative mood is apparent through the story and can be seen at any time during the story. Ann's husband is named John and through the story she says many sarcastic and condescending comments, "plenty of wood to keep me warm - what more could a women ask for" (Ross 288). It is clear that Ann is unhappy with John and not satisfied with him. She does not want John to go to his father's house to check on him because she does not want to be left alone in the house when there is a snowstorm is taking place outside.
I arrived to this conclusion because the story describes how Elisa’s husband hardly ever showed any interest in her, and that she would never get any type of attention, so she felt for an stranger’s trap in the search for attention. 5. Why did she cry like an old woman? Because she felt like a beautiful woman again, but all of that was a game that an stranger had played on her in order for her to let him fix some pots in her garden. 6.
Women are not supposed to know anything at all about the spirit world, as if they are unworthy of knowing about it. In the market place, there are women who appear to be in despair and there are women who are lying in dirt. These lowly women could perhaps symbolise Kambili, her mother and all women as they are all of a lower social class and status than men. We never see men in such lowly situations as these throughout the novel. In addition to these examples, we see that Eugene (Papa) is very controlling of his family, another example of men being dominant.