Curley’s Wife: A Women with No Name John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice And Men is about two men trying to seek the American Dream during the Great Depression. They travel to ranches in California to find new work and they end up on a ranch near Soledad. They meet many people but one in particular is Curley's Wife. She is the only woman on the ranch and is unable to attain her American Dream because she is undermined by all of men, especially her husband. When Curley's Wife is first mentioned in the book, you wonder if we will ever learn her name and the answer is no.
Notably, Steinbeck also isolates Curley 's wife from everyone on the ranch because she has to stay at home while everyone is out working and Curly does not want his wife to talk to anybody except for him, but since he is always working, it pressures her to talk to others and be rebellionent since she gets lonely by herself. “I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely” (Pg 85). “I get lonely, you can talk to people, but I can 't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.
In the novella Of mice and men by John Steinbeck, two men George and Lennie, have many limitations in life. George and Lennie end up on a farm where they meet people who also have limitations, one of those people happens to be Curley 's wife. Steinbeck crafts Curley 's wife as a sexualized object in order to reveal that women are dehumanized and thus excluded from the American Dream. Not only Does Curley 's wife have to deal with being the only women on the ranch full of men but she also has to deal with only being known as a possession to her husband. “Curleys wife” (Pg 79) represents how they do not respect her enough to call her by her own name showing how much she lacks an identity of her own and is treated as a piece of property to her husband making it hard for her to do what she wants without being critiqued by the men on the farm.
Women could not go to work and make money, in the south they stayed at home and did work inside the house and cooked. “Mayella looked as if she tried to keep clean…” (Doc A; Chapter 18) All women had expectations to live by. Men in the 1930’s went to work everyday trying to make money so their family could survive.When Mayella's mom died Mayella had to take the role of being a mom because she was the oldest girl. That was hard for the Ewell’s because she was only 19 years old and she did not know everything about parenting. Then on the other side her dad raped her then he accused Tom Robinson of the rape.
Nowadays, anyone can be a stay parent, completing gender-neutral tasks. The role of housewives are no longer perceived to be “low on the totem pole” but a well respected, being the primary caregiver of the household. In addition, with the increased employment of both spouses, more people find themselves turning to housekeepers and nannies to perform all the same tasks as a housewife. Life is simply not a path we are forced to follow, every person has their own destiny in life. When asked what comes to mind when hearing the word “women” responses of a mother, wife, and caregiver come to mind.
Not only would Lyddie have no shelter, but now she has the responsibility of caring for her little sister who unexpectedly came to stay with her. “ Have you got her things “ ( page 119 ). Lyddie now has her little sister to take care of so she can’t afford to not have a job that pays her money, gives her a place to stay and take care of her little sister all at the same time. In a different case Lyddie wants to visit the farm, then she realizes that it would not be the same as it was before she left. “There would be nothing to eat there.
Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know? My mother says and sighs. She has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing an
In the Delta family is more than just a noun, it is a way of life. In Delta Wedding Eudora Welty starts off with a young girl who is just arriving at the Fairchild home in the Southern Delta. Laura is a young and quiet girl who just wants to conform to the other children in the home. The Fairchild home is very chaotic while they plan for Dabney’s wedding. The whole clan is gathering for Dabney’s, the second daughter of the family in her particular generation, marriage to Troy Flavin who is an overseer for one of the Fairchild plantations, but the Fairchilds don’t feel that Dabney should marry Troy, both because he is in a lower class than her and because they don’t feel that he is fit to take care of her, but they seldom say so, in front of
Curley’s wife is a representation of women in 1930’s America. Women were considered weak, useless and vulnerable - just like black, old or disabled people. We notice this when she walks in the harness room, where Crooks stayed due to discrimination against black people, asking where Curley is (whom we then find out, is a pathetic excuse to interact with the ranch workers). As she looks around, she noticed the boss ‘left all the weak ones’ there. Before she came, Candy and Lennie were explaining about their dream house to Candy.
Leaving her friends behind, she once again felt depressed due to isolation of her friends and family. The female speaker then states, “My lord commanded me to live with him here;/ I had few loved ones or loyal friends/ in this country , which causes me great grief”(15-17). These lines prove that no matter what the scenario is, the man's wife has to do what pleases him even if it costs her leaving her loved ones at her home country. In the “Wife's Lament”, the feeling of detachment and depression by the female speaker, describes the lack of control over her situation. For instance, the speaker announces “...I walk alone in the light of dawn/ under the oak-tree and through this earth-cave,/ where I must sit the summer-long day;/ there I can weep for all my exiles,/ my many troubles; and so I may never/ escape from the cares of my sorrow mind,...”(35-40).