In John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men Curley's wife lacks power as a result of being a woman, however, she asserts it by being white and the boss’s son’s wife. When Curley’s wife was lashing out at Crooks she said, “"Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny."”(39 Steinbeck). In this segment of the novella, Curley’s wife had entered Crooks’ room where she attempts to flirt with Lennie. While she is flirting with Lennie Crooks’ gets angry and advises her to leave which suddenly leads to Curley’s wife lashing out at him and saying she could have him hanged extremely easily. Curley’s wife is asserting power by showing that she can have Crooks lynched by just saying he did something
around the Great Depression, where women had very little power. Women were expected to stay home to clean, cook, and were treated as “property”. In Of Mice and Men the author, John Steinbeck, reveals that Curley’s wife is not taken seriously through using stereotypes and negative opinions, values and level of power, and roles and isolating behaviors of Curley’s wife.
Steinbeck creates many stereotypes and negative opinions of Curley’s wife during the novel. Towards the beginning of the novel, George…
Secret Societal Judgement
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck reveals what society thought about several groupings of people at the time the novel was written. Of Mice and Men was only one of the books written by the author John Steinbeck, who used real people as inspirations for his stories. Steinbeck’s novel was written in the 1930’s when African Americans were segregated, women had less respect, and workers were the majority of the society. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck provides an insight…
Of Mice and Men is not kind in its portrayal of women. In fact, women are treated with contempt throughout the course of the book. Steinbeck generally depicts women as troublemakers who bring ruin on men and drive them mad. Curley’s wife, who walks the ranch as a temptress, seems to be a prime example of this destructive tendency—Curley’s already bad temper has only worsened since their wedding. Aside from wearisome wives, Of Mice and Men offers limited, rather misogynistic, descriptions of women…
Of Mice and Men
The of mice and men novel written by John Steinbeck was originally in the form of a play and was inspired by a line in a poem by Robert Burns’ ‘To a Mouse’, ‘The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley,’ which translates as The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew.
The book was set in 1930s America during the Great depression which conveyed many things but most particularly, the wall street crash as well as the weather, referred to in California as ‘the dust…
Of Mice and Men
The novel 'Of Mice and Men' was written by John Steinbeck in 1936. It is set in the society of the 1920's.
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. The effect of these techniques is that the reader creates a mental image of Curley’s wife even before she even enters the novel. The author sets up our perception of the character 'Curley's wife' in a way that allows…
In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck emphasizes how social and physical power may both immensely influence the different ways a person acts around others through the use of specific characterization of the characters and figurative language. Often, characters with considerable power tend to feel more privileged and significant than those with lesser power who act more timid and passive.
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the novel of Mice and Men, Steinbeck makes the reader feel sympathetic for Curley’s wife in a variety of ways. Curley’s wife is the only female character in the novel, and everybody calls her “Curley’s Wife”. She is also an un-named character and she stays unknown throughout the novel. This links in with one of the main themes of Mice and Men “Loneliness” which is easily shown by not having a name.
"They left all the weak ones here" (pg 110, ch4) - she is aware of which ranch men 'weak' and which…
‘Of Mice and Men’
By John Steinbeck
Unit 1: Part B:
This is worth 20% of the total GCSE
It is 45 minutes of a 90 minute exam.
You must answer ONE question. The question is in two parts:
Part A: candidates respond to a passage from the text
Part B: candidates must link this passage to the whole text.
Read the passage ‘On one side of the little room… lighter than his…
In the book Of Mice and Men it had a lot of people show different ways people used their power against people or how it affected them. With the power that they have, most of the characters abused it. A couple characters all showed different kinds of power. Curley’s wife was a very promiscuous lady. She was always dolled up so some of the workers were very fond of her. Curley was a troublemaker, he was always picking on one of the workers. And since he was the boss's son nobody could really stick…
Of Mice and Men
During the 1920’s and even today people continue to showoff, abuse and override others with there power. During John Steinbeck’s novel three characters stood out by taking advantage of their control. Curley's wife abused her power by picking on Crooks and the other men in the barn because she has more power over them and intimidates them. She frightens the men due to her supperiority on the farm. Likewise, Crooks the crippled African American takes advantage of Lennie…