Sexism In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, takes place during the Great Depression in the 1930’s, in the Salinas Valley, California. It establishes the prospect of the American Dream, discrimination,loneliness, and disenfranchisement through its characters. George and Lennie provided the value of the American Dream, to which the leading female role, Curley’s wife, represents how women are exempt from the American Dream, and appeared as less than equal to men. She developed a form of loneliness throughout the course of the novel. The novella seeks to demonstrate the way of which life was like for the characters of all different statuses and backgrounds. Through Curley’s wife’s character, we are able to see how life was like for a women during that time period and how sexism impacted and influenced their lives. Curley’s wife developed a form of loneliness through the way in which her life was shaped. In order to demonstrate Curley’s wife as a powerless, lonely, and sexualized object, Steinbeck builds social injustice through the role of women being expect from the American Dream solely based on their sex and the identifications from society that followed. Curley’s wife is a major target in the dehumanization of women during the course of the text. She was repeatedly attacked against and viewed as less than a human. This quote from the text, “Seen the new kid yet?”(51), gives a correlation of dependent children seeking others for help, to how women were given no power

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