Similarities Between Lady Macbeth And Curley's Wife

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Women are projected throughout history as seductresses. Empires have been lost kingdoms have been destroyed because of women’s evil nature. Helen of Troy and Cleopatra both are examples of how women could destroy empires. Today my research addresses the question how Lady Macbeth and Curley’s wife are used as tools of narrative. The novel Macbeth was set in the 16th century and of Mice and Men was set in the 1930s almost three centuries apart. Even though both novels were set in different centuries, Lady Macbeth and Curley’s wife have the same inherent characteristics. Lady Macbeth has a very dominant and powerful role in shaping the events in the play. Her greed and avarice lead to Macbeth committing the crime. “Was the hope drunk wherein you dress’d yourself?” Shakespeare uses an interrogative quote to show Lady Macbeth’s ambition for power attention and greed because she wants to kill the king so she can be queen. Shakespeare here projects Lady Macbeth as a conniving lady who ridicules and challenges her…show more content…
Steinbeck uses an imperative, which shows us that Curley’s wife thinks that she is powerful? This may suggest that Curley’s wife marries Curley because he is the son of the boss so she thinks that she can boss people around. Shakespeare intended the reader to feel sorry for Macbeth because his wife is controlling him telling him to do the deeds he does not want to do for example killing the king. Curley’s wife is projected as an ambitious scheming and a vile lady. Steinbeck’s novel was set in 1937 against the backdrop of liberalism. But the women in spite of the liberal notions were still controlled by men as can be seen in curley’s wife case, though she was talented and has a dream she lack the opportunities to fulfill her dream. Most of the women did not have formal education so most of their dreams remained

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