Gender Perspectives In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Since the beginning of time, the world has been living in a male dominated society. Women have always been viewed as less than a man. What are the qualities of a good woman and what are they worthy of? This question can be asked, but the answers from different gender perspectives will vary. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, social inequality and gender inequality are two very important topics that can be depicted. This novel takes place during the Great depression during a completely different time period than we are in now yet, similar issues still exist today. In this novel the reader can view women from two different perspectives. The male perspective of women and the novels perspective. During the 1930’s, men were the main source of income and were highly depended upon to make money while women were expected to stay home with their children.
Women weren't allowed to chase after their dreams and in the eye of society, not be able to complete a job position that a man held because they are not equal. “ Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl, specially like her. “ (Steinbeck 78) This quote is addressing that a girl shouldnt be on this ranch full of men, making this a standard that women wouldn’t even be considered for a job in this field. The woman they are referring to in this quote is
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Many males did not take into consideration their own faults and actions when it came down to it. Readers could take away from this novel how the world has evolved since the time period this book was written in, but how girls will till face some of the challenges like men degrading women in our world today. The feminist theory shows that many women feel that these circumstances and perspectives should be changed, and all humans should be equal. Everyone is at fault for their own actions and that is a message readers could take from this
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