Of Mice And Men Attitudes Towards Women In The 1930's

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Of mice and men controlled assessment Lillian Kennedy In the novel of mice and men Steinbeck explores various different attitudes towards woman in the 1930’s at the time of the great depression. The great depression was extremely hard for everyone especially the woman. Steinbeck portrays society’s views through the characters and events in the novel. Inequality between the sexes in the 1930’s is mainly portrayed through the character of Curly’s wife. Interestingly she is never named, she is merely referred to as ‘Curly’s wife’, thus giving the impression that she has no individual identity reflecting attitudes towards woman in the 1930’s. ‘Any you guys seen my wife?’ Curly frequently demands, wishing to know her…show more content…
‘She put her hand behind her back and leaned against the doorframe, so that her body was thrown forward!’ this pose against the doorframe is seductive. She is behaving like this as George and Lennie are new men on the ranch, therefore they do not know she is trouble. However Candy soon sets George and Lennie straight about her promiscuous personality. ‘Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.’ Light represents goodness in life; the fact Curly’s wife has shut the sunlight out demonstrates there is no hope for the attitude towards woman to change. This also for shadow’s the type of attention Curly’s wife will receive. As revealed by Steinbeck we see a more vindictive side to Curly’s wife as she verbally attacks Crooks. ‘Well you keep your place then, Nigger!’ Given her low status in the overall hierarchy on the ranch, she is aware of being more powerful than the black stable buck Crook’s. ‘You know what I could do, I could get ya lynched.’ Curly’s wife uses her power to her advantage even if it’s totally unfair. Crooks is the only person on the ranch who has lower social status than her this therefore allows her to overpower him and boss him around as much as she
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