Curley's Wife Literary Analysis

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The Death of The Unborn Female American Dream Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, takes place during the time of The Great Depression; an era extremely difficult for women. The novella contains many iconic characters that serve as a metaphor to our societal standards. Curley’s wife is introduced just like any other; however, the emphasis on her feminine features are metaphoric to where women stand in society. In order to prove that society makes it impossible for certain people to attain The American Dream, Steinbeck objectifies, sexualizes, and kills Curley’s wife to show that women cannot reach The American Dream. Steinbeck uses specific vocabulary to objectify Curley’s wife; alienating her from The American Dream. In the scene, Curley’s wife had just made an appearance to George and…show more content…
To this, George makes sure to get any ideas out of Lennie’s head. “Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don’t care what she says and what she does. I seen ‘em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be.”(32) Steinbeck is making parallel connections between a woman and jailbait. He uses vocabulary that has a negative connotation of ownership. Curley’s wife is owned by someone; hence Steinbeck’s use of this vocabulary. The fact that Lennie is not allowed to even look at her is a sign of how low Curley’s wife is on the social hierarchy. Similarly, Steinbeck posed this metaphoric, parallel connection to society. Women gained the right to vote back in 1920, but that does not change where women stand in society. In today’s day and age, we are more subtle about how women are portrayed, but that does not mean they are not objectified. Social media, news, and jobs look for women. Why? Because they
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