Curley’s wife Curley’s wife Curley’s wife was first introduced into the novel when Lennie Small and George Milton first came to the ranch. She is doesn’t really have a name she is seen as a possession to her husband .she is a really good looking lady and she dresses up quite heavily with her make up as well but she’s doing that only to hide her true identity she is the only woman on the ranch and she is quite lonely and sad. She married Curley which for her was a big mistake and which made her life worse She always said that a movie star would send her a letter when he got back from Hollywood that she would be an actress but that didn’t happen she always blamed her mum for that she thought that her mum hid the letter so she wouldn’t
“The Necklace” versus “The Story of an Hour” Fernanda Floresta ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Kristina Stutler June 13, 2011 “The Necklace” versus “The Story of an Hour” In the patriarchal world of the nineteenth-century women were oppressed from society and they had to stay home as housewives, cleaning, cooking and doing the household work (Jamil, 2009). They did not have any rights or value in the eyes of society. These concepts have changed drastically on the most recent years. Women now are more independent and really try to better themselves by studying and working. In literature, we are able to view what were the roles of women years ago.
The author also uses irony to add a bit of humor, and also emphasize judgment on men’s idea of the gender roles. “ I want a wife who will work and send me to school”. Hyperbole: The author creates an unrealistic image of the typical wife and exaggerates to make a point. “I want a wife who will go along when our family takes a vacation …rest and change of scene”. This is an exaggeration because even on her free time, the wife is portrayed as a slave to the husband.
Addie wants to be a strong, independent woman but society prevents her from doing so. Addie is the most important character in this novel because she is the reason her family comes together but at the same time she is the reason why her family isn’t a close knit. She made known that she regretted her life, her children rivaled against each other for her love and she had hopes that were never meant to
Sommers is a static character. In the beginning, she is a caring and loving mother. During the climax, her id conquers her superego and she becomes self-centered, but at the end of the story, she is back to where she was, being a devoted mother and wife to her family. Mrs. Sommers represents a woman who has been oppressed by the world of marriage. She is forced to fit in the social norm of being a proper mother and ‘woman’ that she has no time to explore her individuality because she lives in a patriarchal society.
Gilman shows this when the woman of the story says “I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already”. She also shows that woman at this time didn’t really do anything for themselves, “Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able - to dress and entertain, and order things”. The woman in the story is believing in the social norm and what her husband belittles her to be. She feels that she is a burden to her husband because she dislikes the wallpaper and continues to complain about how much it bothers her. He refuses to change it making her blame herself for not being able to cope with the “dull” and “flamboyant” yellow wallpaper.
Women were expected to marry, have children and financially they were expected to be fully dependent on their husbands. Women rarely had careers and most professions refused entry to women. However, between the years 1850 and 1901 women’s role in society began to be challenged. There were a number of reasons for this,
She lives a stagnant life and does not move forward in finding the fulfillment she needs. Although she tried to make conversation that would please her husband by asking him, “Henry, could we have wine at dinner?” and, “Henry, at those prized fights, do the men hurt each other very much?” (p. 636), this is a conversation that would only interest Elisa’s husband and not herself. Elisa seems to have accepted the societal norms of living by the man’s rules. Women in this era had their housewife duties and took care of their husbands regardless of what their needs or wants were. Gender inequality was normal during the time this story was written.
 During the time that her husband Franklin campaigned for President in 1932, she felt deeply troubled.  She dreaded the thought of living in the White House. Having pride in her accomplishments as a teacher, a writer, and a political power in her own right, she feared that she would have to give up her hard-won independence in Washington.  As First Lady, Eleanor thought she would have no life of her own, which was similar to other presidential wives before her. She would be assigned the traditional role of official White House hostess, with little to do but greet guests at receptions and preside over formal state dinners.
He stresses the importance of inalienable rights that cannot be taken away. This is important because as minorities, women were not being treated with their full rights given by the constitution, it is evident that tolerance and acceptance would be the cure. Imagine the life of a woman just before the 1960s. Women were denied basic civil rights, “trapped” in their homes and discriminated in the workforce. When the 1960’s came along and men were enlisted into World War II, women had the chance to work the jobs of men and have a say in the government.