Her character is harshly judged from the start simply because she’s a woman and no one saw things from her perspective. Because of this, the reader is influenced to feel sympathy for Curley’s wife. Her husband, who is always trying to keep a close eye on her, controls her. He is exceedingly possessive of her, and is easily angered when he catches her talking to another man. “I get lonely.” She says to Lennie, “You can talk to people, but I cant talk to nobody but Curley”.
Why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could go off and find someone to play with” (Lee, 119). Jem tells Scout that she is acting like a “girl”. Society has made him think that way. Jem being Scout’s brother is prejudice towards her because he is ignorant. Women are expected to be “ladies” and to behave prim and proper.
Candy views Curley‟s Wife as inferior and is shown in Crooks‟ room when he says „you let this guy alone, don‟t you do no messin‟ with him,‟ this shows his view the Curley‟s Wife is a tart because when he says „messin‟ around‟ he means flirting which justifys his view on Curley‟s Wife. Candy finally threatens to tell Curley that his wife was in Crooks‟ room, he does this because the view at the time is of women being man‟s possession and by telling Curley it would annoy him and get her in serious trouble, this shows the inferiority of woman in America at the
n Of Mice and Men , Curleys Wife is presented in many various ways. At first she comes across as a seductive trouble maker , but throughout the novel, Curley's wife is presented in many other ways , such as on pages 109- 115 , where she is shown for what she actually is. Curley's wife is presented as a lonely woman on page 110 , “Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever' once in a while ?” , this shows that Curley's wife does not normally talk to anyone but Curley and she does not like that , it shows that she keeps herself to herself to satisfy Curley, but really she is lonely and wants to make conversation with other people, but she is fearful because she does not know what Curley will do to her . The wife of Curley is also
Also Curley doesn’t treat his wife very well, in those days hardly any men treated there wives well. Women were of such lower class to men, men were allowed to still rule over them and tell them what to do, a bit like Curleys wife probably not having much choice into marrying Curley. I like the way john Steinbeck makes Curleys wife into such a judgemental character at the start, by making her sound so flirty and seductive.
They mean that she is always looking and flirting with other men. This makes the reader feel annoyed towards her and definitely not feel any sympathy towards her as she has only been married a short while and she is looking for men and not being loyal. Also they then go on to say ‘Know what I think?-Well I think that Curley’s married... a
‘Women must creep’ (Elaine R. Hedges) illustrates the thought that women shouldn’t be heard, but do only what they’re required to do, reinforcing how women were demeaned. The lack of power women had was not only present within their marriage, but also in society as males were perceived as the more significant gender, so women were patronised and dismissed by patriarchal control. Patriarchal control is represented clearly by John, the protagonist’s husband, which increases complexity within the novel as the isolation and ‘The resting cure’ he enforces upon her, causes her mental state to degenerate further, despite John believing it is helping his wife. There are a number of methods used to increase the characters complexity in The Yellow Wallpaper. For example, the use of epistolary displays a 1st person narrative and is in the present tense, “I never used to be so sensitive.” This is present when the protagonist writes to herself, Gilman uses this technique in order to show the
She would listen to the “gossip” of the court to fish out the truth that was not shown. She often became angry when the women of court would want to get married. Haigh wrote “it did the reputation of the Virgin Queen no good if the maids kept getting pregnant.” As a womanly down fall it was jealousy that was the main reason for her opposition to marriage. “Queen Elizabeth made her emotions a tool of politics.” The cause of much of her conflicts was due to her inability to widen her range of toleration. She kept a small close council and court, which excluded much of the nation.
Women during this time were only allowed to go so far and do so much without being restrained it seemed like. She doubts herself in letters she sends to her female friends who sympathize with her problems in choosing her partner for marriage. As a result to her resent of her thoughts about female powerlessness, and her outspoken thoughts of marriage. Virtue also resulted in achievement of morality, which was identified with marriage. Also Eliza resisted the sexual double-standard which I found really amazing.
This was a label attached by men saying that women were getting out of control because times were changing where women were allowed to have opinions. They did this to try and control women. Symptoms of the said ‘illness’ were nervousness, faintness, insomnia, shortness of breath, loss of appetite for food or sex and more. In today’s society none of these add up to a certain illness, hysteria was just a way to keep women in line when men didn’t want to hear what they had to say. It was very sexist and feminists such as Elaine Showalter believed it was nonsense and is very against it.