She was determined to get away from her family, so she married almost the first man she met, without even getting to know him first. Now, she is the only woman living on a ranch and she has no one to talk to. She told Lennie that if she had been allowed to be in the movies, she “wouldn’t be livin’ like this” (88). Curley’s wife was stereotyped as a helpless woman from the time her character was introduced to the time she was murdered. In the 1930’s, women were supposed to stay at home and do chores while their husbands were away, and then wait on them when they returned.
She craved the the family they had, that she didn’t. By the time she was living with her new mama, Ellen had reflected on her previous racial beliefs, and realized that she is not “the same girl who would not drink after Starletta two years ago, or eat a
Her mind was set on it” (89). Sadly, Addie wanted to be buried in Jefferson because she never had liked Anse. She only lived until she completed her duty of giving children to him. She had a miserable life in the country with Anse, but she fulfilled her duty as a wife until she was ready. I didn’t like how terrible the family’s trip was to Jefferson.
Janie learned the hard way that you actually have to love someone for your marriage to go anywhere and last long. Her first run through was with Logan. Janie only married him because of her grandma and for “protection”. We know this because Nanny tells Janie “‘Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it’s protection.”(Hurston 15) That was her first mistake, she married someone she didn’t even love and look how long that marriage last. Her second marriage was a little bit better at first but she began to slowly realize that she didn’t love Joe either.
Phillip was her surprise baby. Her granddaughter ZaKiya remembers the family saying Trudy walked around the house for weeks in denial saying, “I can’t be pregnant.” Her mother, Isabel, told her this is your baby, your pumpkin. Nancy was displaced as the baby of the family when she was nine years old and became a middle child. Though Nancy was a self-described daddy’s girl, her daddy was not always nice to her. According to Annette’s daughter ZaKiya, her grandfather would
Due to the fact that she was born after her mother's death, Pilate is considered an anomaly as soon as she takes her first breath. In addition, upon her birth, she is separated from others because she is born without a navel. In childhood, Pilate is unaware of her oddity and unable to fully comprehend their implications. As she grows older, however, the knowledge of her differences alienates her. At age twelve, after her father's death, Pilate, and her brother, Macon, live in exile.
Americans in the Great Depression were held back by their lack of opportunities, and woman were not able to choose what they wanted to be in life. Curley’s wife is a symbolic thing about how little options women had in the 1930’s. She is pulled back from her dream to be a movie star by her mother and Curley. Society is also pushing her into configuration, by calling her a tart and labeling her. She also represents the impossible and the eventual end of American dreams in this time.
Connie’s relationship with her sister, June, was probably the most stable, although it still wasn’t very healthy. Connie had ill feelings toward June because she wasn’t as pretty, worked at the same high school Connie attended, and was favored by her mother. Due to her poor relationship with her family, Connie did not want to ever be around them. In the story is says that during summer vacation she went out “several times a week” (87) with her friend. Then on what appears to be Connie’s last day alive, she refuses to go to a picnic with her family and ends up meeting Arnold Friend and Ellie Oscar, who eventually will take her
This is why Addie felt guilty for Jewel being from an affair and gave Anse two more children as she felt she owed him, but never told him the truth. Dewey Dell also gets pregnant without being married and is afraid of what her family will think of her, so she tries to secretly get an abortion before they find out. Abortions are also not accepted by society at this time. The economic standing of the southern farmers and religious views of the time play a part in Faulkner’s writing of this story. The modern film adaption of As I lay Dying by James Franco takes on the many challenges that making a movie on this unique novel brings.
While some differences between “My Mother Never Worked” and “I Want a Wife” are evident, the similarities are noticeable. Most of Society has the belief that because a woman is just a housewife, she does not work. The federal government saids “a woman who is a homemaker, who has never been a wage earner, is eligble for Social Security benefits only through the earnings of her deceased husband (Smith-Yackel 118). Bonnie Smith-Yackel I believe is shocked, and upset as she has realized, how hard her mother really did work. Martha Smith did