These two lines follow each other consistently, and appear on the first page. This is interesting due to the fact the other two little pigs get a far deeper description of their particular houses and idiosyncrasies. Although short and sweet, this description sums up the predominant message the author wants to convey; the first little pig is lazy and naive. The rather quick and vague description of the first little pig leads the reader to believe he will be of less importance as a character, but possibly more useful as a structural tool to further develop plot by connecting events. “Then he danced down the road, to see how his brothers were getting along”.
Curley’s Wife Curley’s wife is an extremely complex character in the novel “Of Mice and Men.” Steinbeck excellently portrays this throughout the novel with the detailed ways in which he describes her looks and everyday behaviour. Before we even meet Curley’s wife we know that George thinks she will be trouble. This prepares the reader for future events and we begin to dislike her immediately. Curley’s wife is treated with so little self respect, hence why she is never referred to by her first name; this highlights the prejudice against women in the novel and shows she has no importance amongst the ranch workers. She is also a good-looking lady who wears a lot of makeup, form-fitting dresses, and ostrich feathered-high heels.
Steinbeck uses character relationships to create an impression of the characters so that the reader can begin to imagine what they are like. Curley’s wife is seen to be a lowly, devious woman by the majority in the farm that will do anything and hurt anyone to make herself feel better. As she is a woman, at the time she is seen as an inferior to the male workers. She is married to the bosses’ son, Curley, and their relationship is a poor one. We can see that Curley clearly treats her as a trophy wife as her name ‘Curley’s wife’ shows that she is practically his property and he owns her.
He thinks the customers are difficult, dumb, and common. However, these are simply the ordinary people who live in his town, the people who are just like his parents. But Sammy thinks he is different, he does not feel like these people. He feels superior to them and this attitude makes him believe that he does not belong in this little store in this little town. Sammy passes judgment on the customers for being dull and unaware: “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle…I bet you could set off dynamite in an A&P and the people would by and large keep reaching and checking oatmeal off their lists…” (457).
During the beginning of Janie’s twenty year marriage to Joe, she loved his appeal, ambition, and sense of style. There wasn’t really an emotional connection between the two of them and Janie began to notice that he didn’t value her as a person, just as a possession in his life. Joe wanted her because she would help him to get far in his entrepreneurship and
She was portrayed to be cooperative and compliant to her husband who had took away the happiness in Minnie Foster’s life. In the story, two neighbor women slowly began unmasking the evidence and truth of Minnie Fosters’ conviction, the murder of her husband. Surprisingly, the neighbor women covered the evidence from their husbands because of Minnie Foster’s hard and sad life. In this story, and what must have held true in some instances, even though women respected and obeyed their husbands, they held value and perhaps felt pity for themselves and other women alike. The neighbor women were more observant than their husbands who had been given the same opportunity to unmask the truth.
She loves her son but frequently complains that after all the money she spent on his education, he has not made anything of himself. She is addicted to alcohol, particularly to muscatel. Mrs. Reilly may herself be a primary cause of Ignatius’ problems. Rather than playing the role of the doting, supportive mother, Mrs. Reilly repeatedly emphasizes that he is a failure and disgrace for having wasted his education. She is not a good example for him; she spends her days sitting around the house, drinking muscatel, talking to Santa Battaglia on the phone, and going bowling.
She had bigger dreams than just being a housewife and I think being the only woman on the farm stifles her. She looks to the men on the farm for friendship and companionship, but obviously they take it as flirting and in order to stay out of trouble with Curley, they stay away from her. This increases Curley’s wife’s loneliness. Curley’s wife represents women in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Women in the 1930’s were seen by men as scheming and devious.
Steinbeck represents Curley’s wife as a lonely woman who is unappreciated by her husband, so, conclusively, she will flirt with any man who comes to the ranch. She is not particularly a whore, she is desperate for love and to be noticed. Her dreams of being a movie star again represent her need to be acknowledged and loved. She is sexually driven; sexual behaviour and flirting is the only way she feels she can communicate with men. Notice that, in the barn with Lenny she seems more comfortable because she doesn’t expect Lennie to sexually want her.Steinbeck uses many different techniques to present Curley’s wife such as colour imagery, appearance, metaphors and similes in the early stages of the novel.
When Ted's handshakes as he is signing the check shows he is hesitant to spend money. The same goes for Torvald when he tells Nora she has to stop spend his money on gifts, often calling her his "little lark and squirrel." They control their wives without them even knowing about it. They want their wives to act the way they want them to. For the most part they stay inside the house because of the way Nora and Joanna act reflects how people view Torvald and Ted.