Similarities Between Of Mice And Men And The Great Gatsby

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Its fair to say through the years literature has shown common themes and ideologies that connect deeply with values and concepts learned from history. The influence of these themes and ideologies have been turned into theories that we use to analyze and connect to stories and novels that we read. When these theories are applied, multiple stories can be used and compared. There is common themes that will show up in a story that will be related to the theory and used to compare and contrast stories to the theories. Feminist theory is one of the theories that is largely looked at when analyzing the books “Of mice and men” and “The Great Gatsby.” The Feminist theory focuses on the inequality of gender and how women are not treated as well or equal…show more content…
When both George and aunt Clara yell at Lenny about how much better George's life would be if Lenny wasn't around, they talk about him hanging at the “cat house.” When referring to the cat house they are using women as a sexual figure and not as an actual useful character. George is talking about all the women he could be using and not actually loving. This Feminist theory also carries over to the novel, “The Great Gatsby.” The actions females take and the way they are treated are great examples of the Feminist theory. Daisy, is one of the main females in the story. From the beginning we see that she relies on men for her happiness and material success. She's married to one wealthy man while being courted by another. This supports the idea that women need to always rely on men. Also Daisy has the idea that women are only used for sex and need to bow down to their man, when referring to her future daughter.She tells her cousin, “‘I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool-that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool’.”(pg.21)Daisy allows herself to be bought like a piece of property in an economic transaction. She chooses to marry Tom Buchanan and share his wealth and status rather than wait for Gatsby her true, but poor…show more content…
Male empowerment is shown very strong in this chapter. Not only did they have emotional control over them they have physical control as well. “Daisy,Daisy,Daisy!” shouted Mrs.Wilson. Ill say it whenever I want! Making a short deft movement, Tom broke her nose with his open hand.” (pg.34)This shows how Myrtle was being manipulated by Tom and how he believed he had all the power. One last thing that was noticed throughout the book is that whenever Nick meets a woman, such as party guests, he describes them similarly.“His wife was shrill, languid, handsome, and horrible.” (pg.57)He is showing his feminist side and making it so all women are the same and have no individuality. He just bunches them all into one group. He never actually complements any girls or gives them any power.He always give some space between them. Throughout both the novels, “ The Great Gatsby” and “Of Mice and Men," Feminist is shown quite strongly, as all women that appear in the novel are either killed, useless or looked down upon, and evidence of this can be found using the feminist theory. Although it may be shown in many different ways and the stories may use different people and examples to show it, the feminist theory is always
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