The fight for equal rights has been a battle long fought for women all across the world. In his book, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck does a superb job at portraying the social outlook of women in the 1930’s Salinas River Valley. During this time, a woman was deemed inferior to man and they had very little rights compared to men, though they were making a climb up the social ladder. Women had recently gained the right to vote nearly a decade earlier in 1920 and were continuing to change their daily life, but things were not progressing as quickly everywhere.
Were racism and sexism that different on a California ranch 1930’s? In the novel Of Mice and Men, there is evidence of both sexism and racism throughout the story. Curley’s wife and Crooks are both characters who have first witnessed these views first hand. The two characters might be very similar in many ways but they also have differences. Even though Crooks and Curley’s wife are treated in the same ways one of them is not as badly treated as the other.
In chapter two of the book "Of Mice and Men" by Josh Steinbeck talks about Lennie, a mentally handicapped character, getting a job. The article "Fake Cover Letters Expose Discrimination Against Disabled" by Noam Scheiber shows that, if the characters in the story knew this information presented in this article, Lennie would have an easier time getting a job. Noam Scheiber started to talk about how discrimination in the United States had been lowered by the government. "The study showed that the Americans With Disabilities Act, the 1990 federal law banning discrimination against those with disabilities, appeared to reduce bias" (3-4). This quote shows that legislation and writing that point out discrimination lower the amount of discrimination.
The point of view in the novella Of Mice and Men,that John Steinbeck used, is third person omniscient and objective. This means that the narrator, who is only observing, isn’t a character in the story and the narration is given by someone who knows everything about the character as well as the plot itself. Steinbeck’s wise decision to keep the narrator unanimous is to provide the readers and audience with an unbiased point of view and allowing them to make their own connections and analyze the characters and themes for themselves. This specific text or passage is trying to illustrate the theme of loneliness and the power of hope, dreams, and friendship.
Karen Hollinger is a professor of English at Atlantic University, an author and is also a very strong feminist. Hollinger’s essay, “The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat People,” is an essay merely expressing how most monsters in novels or films are characterized as masculine identities and that viewers forget how powerful feminine identities in novels and films can be. Hollinger’s goal in this essay is to explain that feminine monsters are just as frightening all masculine monsters. She uses many references to movies with feminine monsters and expresses how powerful they are compared to masculine monsters and also expresses that males and females have castration anxieties. I think Hollinger succeeded in a sophisticated way because she
Without seeing Curley’s wife or Amelia, the reader can easily characterise the two figures in their minds. This effect is created by powerful imagery. Both characters are viewed as promiscuous and flirtatious; evidenced rough their obsession with alluring clothing. Similarly the phrases "and now you've gay bracelets and bright feathers three" of the Ruined maid and “ostrich feathers in Of Mice and Men have very similar connotations. The synonymy in presenting them both as birds signifies the writer’s intentions to portray them as glamorous, with a natural almost animal like confidence.
John Steinbeck explains in Of Mice and Men how people are treated even though they have mental disabilities and how minorities and women were treated. Steinbeck portrays Lennie as a mentally disabled person living in the great depression in california. He and George travel around together and they work together and George looks after Lennie because he gets into a lot of trouble because he is mentally disabled and can 't understand things like a normal person would. People with mental disabilities are usually locked up in cage for the rest of their life or they are simply shot to death. Steinbeck portrays Curley’s wife as a flirtatious person because she doesn’t like Curley and she wants someone to talk to her.
In the book “Of Mice and Men,” John Steinbeck uses characterization to demonstrate the humans are self centered, and that they don’t pay much attention to others. To begin with, Steinbeck shows that humans are self centered through the use of characterization. After Lennie dies, Carlson says, “now what the hell you suppose is eatin’ them two guys.” (Steinbeck 107). This dialogue serves to remind us that even though someone just died right in front of them, they don’t honestly care.
In addition to the use of diction to inform about female oppression, Steinbeck also uses repetition in order to suggest that women doing mundane and easy tasks are a waste of time and energy. The men from the meat company have come to the house to talk to Henry. Elisa is a working in her garden a few yards away : “She was cutting down the old year’s chrysanthemums stalks with a pair of short and powerful scissors. She looked down toward the men by the tractor-shed now and then. Her face was eager and mature and handsome; even her work with the scissors was over-eager, and over-powerful.
Candy, who co-chaperones the patients on their fishing trip, embodies an unhindered and natural essence that can break down the oppressive machinery of the ward. Her presence damages what Bromden perceives as the equipment that invisibly controls the patients. When she enters the ward, Bromden imagines a “blue smoke … near the ceiling over her head; [he thinks] the apparatus burned out all over the ward trying to adjust to her come busting in like she did” (196). Candy enters so suddenly and unexpectedly that the machinery cannot calibrate itself and, thus, burns out. This apparatus is unable to register Candy’s free and unguarded movements because it is used to only controlling the confined men.
Everyone Gets Stereotyped Stereotyping others can lead to problems in the future and can cause people to become upset. When the characters George and Lennie from the book Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, are first introduced its easy to tell George stereotypes Lennie as stupid. Since Lennie is stereotyped as stupid, he causes problems throughout the book. George is also stereotyped, but as protective of Lennie. Throughout the book George tries to help Lennie as much as he can, even if it leads to a bad situation.