THE ROLE OF THE WOMEN
In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men women are portrayed as discriminated. In the times John Steinbeck lived in women were not held in high regard but they were just present toserve men. However, they still tried to yearn for a better future by exploting men.
The character Curley's wife in the novel is a victim of society and her dream. She is married to Curley who neglectsher and so because of her loneliness she is always seeking attention. She wears too much makeup and dresses like a "whore" with red fingernails and red shoes with ostrich feathers. Steinbeck uses thisimagery to portray her as provocative. Curley's wife knows her beauty is her power, and she uses it to flirt with the ranch hands and to make her husband jealous.
Steinbeck's initial portrayal ofCurley's wife shows her to be a mean and seductive temptress. She is paralleled to Eve in the Garden of Eden. The same way Eve tempted Adam, Curley's wife shattered the dream of George and Lennieowning a farm.
However, even Curley's wife needed to dream and hoped for a better future. She dreamt of becoming a Hollywood actress. Her beauty would have helped her in her dream which this makes hermore vulnerable since she was not successful. In the last scene, when she dies, she is described as innocent. Steinbeck shows us that even the people who are portrayed as the worst, may have somehumanity in them.
Steinbeck also refers to other women in the novel apart from Curley's wife. Although not much mentioned, the girl in Weed is also of significance in this novel. It was due to her thatLennie and George had to flee from their job in Weed. One can conclude that the girl in Weed and Curley's wife are both temptations that encouraged his curiosity and that he could not resist.
Justlike Lennie could not resist to pet soft objects that reassured him, ranch men could not resist seeking immediate gratification. Susy's brothel house shows clearly that women were just objects in...
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