Comparison of Curley's Wife and Lady Macbeth Essay

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Analyse and compare the character of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Curley’s Wife in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” Curley’s wife and Lady Macbeth are both central characters in their worlds. Curley’s wife is the wife of Curley in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, and Lady Macbeth is the wife of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. Both authors had compared the women to their position in society at their time. In the 17th century professions such as being a lawyer or doctor were closed to women. However, some women had jobs. Some of them worked spinning cloth. Women were also milliners, dyers, shoemakers and embroiderers. And although Queen Elizabeth I died four years prior to the writing of “Macbeth”, they were seen as subservient to men. “Macbeth” was considered ‘a play fit for a king’, as Shakespeare wrote the play for the recently crowned king of England, James I. Women in the mid-20th century had the vote, but still lived in a male dominated society in which many jobs were unavailable to them, and they were expected to stay at home, cook and have babies. Also the Great Depression caused by the Wall Street Crash in 1929 worsened the situation, as even men were out of work, so it was even more unlikely for a woman to get a job. The two characters will be compared using relationships, evil, ambition, and the structure of both texts. Lady Macbeth is presented through the theme of evil. Firstly, she calls on the evil spirits to take her femininity. When she says, “unsex me here / . . . / . . . Come to my woman’s breasts, / And take my milk for gall,”, she prepares herself to commit to the murder of King Duncan to allow her to have more authority and become Queen of Scotland. She wants these evil spirits to take away all those qualities that make her feminine, almost as if

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