The Corrupting Power of Women The portrayal of women in Of Mice and Men is limited and unflattering. We learn early on that Lennie and George are on the run from the previous ranch where they worked, due to encountering trouble there with a woman. Misunderstanding Lennie’s love of soft things, a woman accused him of rape for touching her dress. George berates Lennie for his behavior, but is convinced that women are always the cause of such trouble. Their enticing sexuality, he believes, tempts men to behave in ways they would otherwise not.
Steinbeck portrays him as paranoid and insecure for which he overcompensates for with aggression. In section 4 we find talking to Crooks, Candy and Lennie, in this section we see a glimpse of her true self, after which she then overcompensates for her vulnerability by threatening to have Crooks lynched. This gives us the impression that she is evil. Finally in section 5 we see the true version of Curley's wife, we learn she has dreams, just like everyone else, and also falls victim to loneliness (another big theme of the novel). In death, we see what she really looks like, innocent and pure.
Williams included her alcoholism to create the awareness of blanches need to escape the harsh reality of life and how out of control she is. This is also shown in scene III where she ‘cannot stand a naked light bulb’, and insists on covering it with a ‘paper lantern’, reflecting her need to hide from reality of her past. Additionally the burning need for sexual desire in the character of Blanche can very easily be interpreted as immoral lust, however, I feel that Williams has included her relentless sleeping with men as a reflection of her loneliness and insecurity. The story of her ‘degenerate’ husbands suicide is clearly the root of her problems, as ‘she didn’t just love him but worshipped the ground he walked on’. She cannot face up to reality and deal with her emotional problems in a ‘normal’ way, thus creating a sordid reputation for herself.
We can see that Curley’s wife is portrayed by Steinbeck as a ‘tart’ in the beginning of the book, she is not cared for or liked by many of the men on the ranch at all as she irritates them and they think that she is not loyal towards Curley. However, by the end of the book the reader feels sorry for her as we see deeper inside her and see how lonely she is, she only has the image of a tart because she is so alone and the only way she knows to make friends is by being a flirtatious person. The first mention of Curley’s wife is in chapter 2 when George and ‘the swamper’ are talking about her. They say that she is ‘Purty ... but- well-she got the eye’. They mean that she is always looking and flirting with other men.
Her actions ultimately lead to the murder of her first husband Camillo, her sexual presence and beauty creating jealousy and envy in the men that meet her. Vittoria is not an innocent character, but she is a product of women’s social limitations in the patriarchal society Webster has chosen to set the play in. Vittoria is undoubtedly the central character of the novel, the events throughout are as a result of her liaison with Brachiano, sparking a journey of murder and treachery. The title of the book ‘The White Devil’ describes Vittoria well, and helps display that she is not an innocent character. Being compared to the devil in a novel set in a heavily catholic country shows that she is evil, and the subtitle ‘The Tragedy of Paulo Giordano Ursini, Duke of Brachiano, With the Life and Death of Vittoria Corombona the famous Venetian Curtizan’ supports this.
Stella is the wife of Stanley and also the main character in my opinion. She’s a huge dope, who’s fallen in love with the wrong guy. Even after Stanley hits her she still comes back to him “There is the sound of a blow [and] Stella cries out”. She’s blinded by how things used to be between them when they first started dating. Stella is willing to look past everything Stanley does because she loves him and that makes her the fool of the play.
Hilary views her sister as being the cruel one for saying such a sarcastic remark. Jackie views her sister as being cruel for thinking that she is better than her because she is getting married. The events that lead up to Kiffer and Jackie having sex are very different
I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips. It is not good to note this down, lest some day is should meet Mina's eyes and cause her pain; but it is the truth.” (Stoker, 31 – 32) In the above passage, we are introduced to Dracula's brides. From the moment Jonathan Harker opens his eyes, he knows these women aren't human. He feels an instant fear and revulsion towards them, not knowing what they are. We can infer from his language that he feels a sexual attraction for them, one that he knows is wrong, since he's feeling remorse over hurting Mina, that he's in some way betraying her, though he doesn't say no, and seems unrepentant about his actions.
Miss Bingley is jealous of Elizabeth, she feels threatened by her and fears that she will loose Darcy and his affections will focus more onto Elizabeth. "When dinner was over, she (Elizabeth) returned directly to Jane, and Miss Bingley began abusing her as soon as she was out of the room. Her manners were pronounced to be very bad indeed, a mixture of pride and impertinence; she had no conversation, no stile, no taste, no beauty." Again in this sentence Miss Bingley uses short pauses in what she is saying, she pauses
In the play king Lear, mercy is an insatiable trait which is surrounded by so much hate and malice every time love is given it makes those moments so much more enjoyable. In the begging of the Play King Lear, Cordelia the king’s daughter, is outcast, cheated of her inheritance accused of being a wicked child and one that nature is a shamed of (I,i,215-219). Even though at the beginning of the play king Lear disowns his daughter and she has every right to be unloving to him; when they are reunited King Lear offers to harm himself but Cordelia turns that idea away and forgives him when she asks to take a walk with her father (4,VII,83). People want to see mercy, they want to see those that deserve worse receive compassion and mercy Lear deserved to be turned away but Cordelia showed tenderness to her aging father and