No one on the ranch gives Curley’s wife the respect that a young, beautiful woman deserves, but she also has been treated so low her whole life that she does not demand respect. For exam-ple, “Curley’s wife is not given a proper name. Apparently she does not merit it;” Curley’s wife never takes notice to her name never being used, which is
Weird. Women…….. One of us will sigh, and the other will know what the sign means. Husband. Strange.
Even Crooks, the black man who she “‘[can] get strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny’” (81) pushes her out. With a wounded pride, she is indignant at the men who ostracize her. She resents their black and white perspective: the prejudice that she, as a “trouble” woman, has no morals nor dreams of her own. Curley’s wife, from her iconic behavior, is classed by the men as a wanton woman who lives for the present moment.
With the feminist theory and women’s problems as the background, we are able to see that gender discrimination depicted in the novel is complex. There are a lot of atrocities by men on women in Afghanistan such as violence, subordination and stereotype
In the 1900's, racism was a big issue all over the world. As a result alot of people were treated poorly and it created injustice. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many characters such as Tom Robinson, Scout and Jem and Dolphus Raymond are highly exposed to the racism in their town. This decreases the quality of life for them. Tom Robinson is an innocent black man, however, due to the racial tension in Maycomb, he is found guilty for a crime he has not committed.
Another example of Crooks getting discriminated because he is black is when he and Curley’s wife are arguing. She completely shuts him down by saying how she could get anyone to lynch him at any time. Crooks can say nothing but “Yes, ma’am”. Even Curley’s wife, who is considered weak, can pick on even weaker people, like Crooks.
She also states “‘You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley’” (87). This is because she is Curley’s wife, and because she’s his, and she is a female and not just another guy and the ranch, she isn’t allowed to do things that some of the other people on the ranch can do. She is also classified as a tart by many of the guys. Since she isn’t even allowed to really talk to people on the ranch and do things the other guys get to do, this shows how she is discriminated against for her gender and on her
Curley’s Wife and Mayella Ewell are two characters from two different novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and of Mice and Men that have the same role of exposing the isolation of certain members in society and the effect isolation has on them. The social injustice is shown through the similarities and differences of the two characters. To begin with, Curley’s wife has distinct and powerful characteristics that make her stand out. Curley 's Wife is a pretty woman who wears a lot of make up, her physical appearance in the book as described, “She had full rouged lips and wide spread eyes, heavily made up.” (Steinbeck, 31).
Throughout How To Kill a Mockingbird there is a division in the community by race, gender, and class. Racial prejudice is shown when the jury declares Tom Robinson guilty based on his color. Gender prejudice is shown when they won 't let women serve on the jury. Class prejudice is shown when the Cunningham´s are as poor as the Ewell 's but have more moral and pride than them so they are treated better than.
With the Great Depression happening during the time period, many jobs were unavailable along with the tension in the air between race and gender. Slavery was abolished and women had equal voting rights though this by no means did that meant they were equal to the white men. Women were still treated similar to property and not akin to actual human beings; meanwhile, segregation was blatantly obvious in most places in the United States. John Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men was set during the Great Depression on a predominantly white male ranch. Steinbeck’s minor supporting characters face loneliness through a series of socially imposed problems such as ageism, racism, and sexism to doubt the morality of society and show the effects of long-term
One obstacle is gender equality, the ranch is a “male-dominant” society where women are seen as untrustworthy. The fact that Curly’s wife is the bosses wife is the true cause of her alienation. However, the simple fact that she is a female separates her from interactions with others as seen when the men refer to her as having “the eye” (28). Here the men refer to everything they think women are – a distraction and temptation for men, instead of actual human beings. Candy is also oppressed in a social inequality as he is afraid that when he is too old to work, he will be thrown out of the “ash heap”, a victim of a society that discriminates against the disabled and has no value for age or experience.
Hungry for attention, Curley’s wife pays the men in the barn a visit, only to be pushed away by their cruel comments and harsh words. Offended and unwanted, Curley’s wife turns the tables against Crooks and insults him by saying: “well, you keep your place then, n*****. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny” (80). Although she does not intend to hurt anyone, the men do not want to take chances retaliating at her resulting at them having to leave the ranch. When Candy found Curley’s wife half-hidden among the straw, lying still, he came to found out his dreams were taken from him.
They ain 't got nothing to look ahead to” (Steinbeck 113).In the book some of the characters that have it the worst is crooks, Lennie, and curleys wife. Crooks is black so he isn’t allowed to socialize with the other men, Curleys wife feels very alone because her husband doesn’t care about her and she is the only girl on the farm. In the book, Curleys wife is portrayed as a very flirty person, she is married to the bosses son, her husband is a small man that picks fights with all the guys that are physically bigger than him.
In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, there are many encounters of discrimination. Discrimination is unfair treatment of a person based on who they are, a group of similar people, class or category. The characters whose discrimination stands out the most are Lennie Small, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife. Readers will find that their discrimination is based on race, the mentally handicap, and gender (a woman’s way of social interaction with men).
This broke Candy’s heart, along with any of his spirit he had left. Candy was the only old person on the farm, besides his dog. Now that is dog was gone, Candy was totally isolated. Nonetheless, Candy was given some hope by George and Lennie, who told Candy he could be part of their farm. Candy was interacting and getting along with these two men, and had a flame reignited in his life and willpower.