Curley's Wife Victim Analysis

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Lady Macbeth and Curley’s Wife are portrayed as victims in some parts of the play and the novel, respectively. Lady Macbeth is shown as a victim of guilt; whilst Curley’s Wife is shown as a victim of physical abuse from Curley.
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Lady Macbeth is shown as a victim when the guilt of killing Duncan finally takes its toll on her health. She starts having nightmares as she tries to remove blood from her hands saying “Out, out damned spot out I say” (Poel, 2013).
Curley’s wife is shown as a victim in the novel, at the point when Curley goes to accuse Slim of talking to his wife, and at this point Slim says “it seems like she can’t stay away from the men”.
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The evidence aspect clearly states both the women are shown as victims by their respective
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Lady Macbeth was royalty as she was the wife of a Thane and also had a respectable position in the social class. Macbeth considered her as an equal which led to her becoming stronger in her position. Lady Macbeth had the capability to manipulate her position in the way that she could get her husband to do anything which would be against his will but he would do it because he did not have the guts to say no to her, at least in the first half of the play.
Curley’s wife was a poor girl who had dreams of becoming a famous actress but is not able to fulfil the dream. She is not considered important enough to have her own name in the novel, and throughout the novel she is known as Curley’s wife (Mumford, 2013). Furthermore, unlike Lady Macbeth, Curley’s wife has no power over her husband instead she is scared of him. Curley’s wife is not respected by the men on the ranch and is considered to be someone who creates trouble. In contrast to this, Lady Macbeth is respected by men in her kingdom and no one tries to disrespect her. Since Curley’s wife does not get attention from anywhere, she tries to seek it from the only person who will listen to her and that is Lennie. Macbeth used to respect Lady Macbeth in every way, in the first half of the play. In the novel, Curley does not give his wife the kind of respect she
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Shakespeare has shown Lady Macbeth as someone who is ruthless in every way and would not step back from achieving what she wants. This is clearly seen when she plans along with her husband Macbeth, to kill King Duncan and when Macbeth tries to back out, she forces him to stay focus. This reveals that Lady Macbeth is all about having power and control in the kingdom. It is Lady Macbeth’s wish to rule the kingdom as she wants and also considered as an equal with the men of the kingdom. For Lady Macbeth, her ambition is everything and she does not want anyone coming in between that
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