How Does Steinbeck Present Misogyny In Of Mice And Men

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Misogyny is defined as a prejudice or hatred against women. This concepts plays heavily but this novella also insinuates the power women hold. Although the women that are portrayed are nameless to symbolize their insignificance; they are the ones that shaped many events and ultimately the ending; the one woman that was given the slightest importance was the reason of the novella’s tragic denouement. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinback, recognizes the hardships and struggles during the Great Depression, but also the loneliness that is fulfilled by women and how they alter the motivation to achieve the American dream.

Curley’s wife is the only female in the plot that is shown importance. She is called a bitch, skank, tramp and compared to Candy’s dog, Lulu. She is described as young and promiscuous, as she has been called jailbait numerous times. In the event
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I don’t care what she says and what she does, I seen ‘em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jailbait worse” (Steinback 32). This scene depicts the respect she is given on the ranch and how these men perceive her, how considering the fact she is young and flirtatious, she will bring these men to jail. George also goes to say, continuing on the track of the disrespect that is thrown on her and furthering on the sexism displayed in Of Mice and Men; ”She’s gonna make a mess. They’s gonna be a bad mess about her. She’s a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl,
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