Compare and Contrast How the Characters of Lady Macbeth and Curley’s Wife Are Presented in “Macbeth” and “of Mice and Men”

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Matthew Ranson
Friday 15th May 2015
Compare and contrast how the characters of Lady Macbeth and Curley’s Wife are presented in “Macbeth” and “Of Mice and Men”
In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare the character Lady Macbeth is first portrayed as a sensible royal princes, but with an evil twist “come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts” this suggests that lady Macbeth likes death and she wants to be a queen but ding so acts like a witch which links back to the beginning of the play were there has been an arm amputation of someone and the witches are making a potion and then chanting a warning “fair is foul and foul is fair” which suggests that the play is going to be a gory one. It also suggests that the suspected are the unsuspected and vice versa. Lady Macbeth is thought to be the unsuspected because a lady figure in Jacobean England would not be seen as murderer.
The other unsuspected character is Curley’s wife out of the novel “Of Mice and Men” authored by Mr J Steinbeck. Curley’s wife is first portrayed as a very stuck up sexually attractive, very young middle class women “no one can hurt looking” which suggests she is good looking but taken i.e married. However “she’s got the eye” which suggests that she although taken has a roving eye and likes to look at other men besides Curley which may also suggest she is unhappy and not impressed with her husband Curley “I don’t like Curley he ain’t a nice fella” which makes the other characters think that being so young she is “Jailbait” and also because she is always flirting. So when we first see Curley’s wife she is portrayed, like Lady Macbeth, as a good looking women but is lacking in confidence where ever she goes and could end up being victimised. Sayings like “I don’t like Curley he ain’t a nice fella” make it look like she really does not like Curley.
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