Men And Women In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Women in most classical literature have an extremely limited amount of rights compared to men. They are under the control and protection of either their father, husband, or male relative for their entire life. Women are not considered as “important” as men. In the novel’s we have read throughout this semester, it is obvious that men are known to have a higher knowledge than women. For many generations, societes created different roles, codes of morality, and even different feelings and thoughts about men and women and their power compared to each other. Classical literature used the biological distinction of sex to enforce the social distinction of gender. Women make sacrifices and put their lives on the line to be sure they are safe. In these past few books we have read as a class, the women have strong desires and strong opinions, but compared to men, they are never noticed and lack the feeling of…show more content…
A heroic character by the name of George, makes it obvious that women don’t belong in the setting of a ranch. He states, "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, ‘specially like her.” (Steinbeck 51). In this text, George is talking about Curley’s wife, who is the only female character in this novel and is not given a name. Steinbeck tries to get the point across that women are less valued than men, giving her no name other than Curley’s wife quickly tell the reader, women are irrelevant in this era. Although Curley’s wife may be a temptress who seeks for attention, she suffers from prejudice. Steinbeck uses her and her characteristics to illustrate the difficulties women face during the Great Depression. In Of Mice and Men, the author makes it clear that the only good woman is a dead
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