I believe that when they first got married there was some kind of love in their relationship, but when they realized they could not conceive a child Don Elias blamed his wife. Even though it was most likely he was the infertile one, he treated her as if all she was good for was to take care of him like a maid. This is what made her a hard, bitter old woman. Dona Matilida believes it was her fault, and feels guilty about not being able to provide him with a child he so greatly desired. This caused her to turn a blind eye to what he was doing around town with other women.
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”.
Once one thing goes wrong you’re scared to try it again. When Janie went through two marriages where they controlled her, where she had no freedom, and where they both ended badly, we can understand why she is hesitant. After Janie and Teacake got married she had all the fears and doubts in the world, especially after he stole her money. But after returning from gambling the money away with almost double of it back she realized she wanted to be a part of everything Teacake did. “…Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love.
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
It was when John Clarke compares women to sugar canes. “There’s plenty of men dat takes his wife lak dey do a joint un sugar-cane.” It was used to show how men used women for all their needs and when they’re done they just throw them out. Another metaphor she used was when Delia compared her relationship with Sykes to a flower. “Anything like flowers had long ago been drowned in the salty stream that had been pressed from her heart.” Her relationship with him wasn’t cared for like a flower should have been. Therefore their relationship died because of that.
Infidelity today is the number one killer of marriages and relationships, and can be looked at as a symptom for non-working marriages. In the novel there was a lack of love and respect in the marriages, and there wasn’t anyone trying to fix their marriages either because they were around for their spouse’s money, or cheated because they were rich and felt could get away with it. There was one couple in particular that demonstrated these examples of infidelity in the novel. The couple was Daisy and Tom. Daisy stayed married to Tom because he was buying her happiness and his money, while deep down, she was really hurt and sad about the relationship.
He was lot younger than Janie but loved her dearly and would do anything for her. Even though he has a sweet side, there were times when he done things to her, like beat on her. Pheely Watson is Janie’s best friend who lets her know everything that is being said about her. She speaks with more of the slavery black speech; she is also the one that Janie is telling her story to. The last character I feel is important in this story is Nanny Crawford, she is Janie’s grandmother.
With people tormenting her about her cousins who were teen moms, or her father who made a fool of his drunken self in public, the poor girl felt like nothing more than dirt, and she wanted to be thought of as flawless and beautiful. Edith dreamed of being a celebrity, she wished to be a perfect girl, and to live in a perfect world "in which only married women had babies, and in which men and women stayed married forever." The shacks in which Eddie grew up were less than desirable, and supposedly thought of as contemptible, by people of a higher social class. When Edith moved to the boarding house, with set meal times, she was quite ashamed to think of how people living in the shacks didn't have meal times, they simply found any food they could and ate by themselves when they were hungry. The potato-chip plant that Eddie worked at
Curley’s wife lived not only through the sexiest society which rejected her but her husband did not love her at all making her become “… a tart… with the eye,”(Steinbeck14). That is the image that the men have of Curley’s wife because they are ignorant and do not understand that all she is searching for is to have someone to talk to. Curley’s wife’s loneliness led her to have a bad image with the men on the ranch but also made her seek for attention in anybody she did not matter who. For example she would talk to Candy, and old lifeless man, Crooks who is a Negro that is physically disabled, and Lennie who is a huge man that is mentally retarded. She became mean too since she was lonely and the men rejected her.
Tom abuses Daisy and he also cheats on her. He is a scary man, but she stays with him because he has a lot of money, and she knows that she will always be protected by it. Daisy is also at fault for having an affair, just like Tom. She does not truly love Tom anymore, and once she meets up with Gatsby again, she is ready to have a life with him now that he has money. She is just as bad as Tom, and only wants someone if they have money.