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A comparative study of Curley’s Wife in Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men and Sophy Twycott in Hardy’s “The Son’s Veto”.

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GCSE English Coursework Rory Franklin C19th & C20th Prose Comparison 25/01/2002 Grade: Comments: A comparative study of Curley's Wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men and Sophy Twycott in Hardy's "The Son's Veto". Of Mice And Men and "The Son's Veto" are two texts which share some very similar ideas, whilst, at the same time, beings very different in terms of location. Of Mice And Men is set in America during the period of the depression years and depicts the tragedy of two workers trying to fulfil the American dream of having their own house and farm. The story is set on a ranch in rural California which holds a small group of stereotypical characters. The character that this account will focus on, Curley's Wife, is presented to us with a little background but what information the reader is given, her background was tragic with a lost opportunity that she squandered when she was younger which led her to be cut off from society. It shows that she does not take the initiative to go out and follow her dreams. She is portrayed as being an isolated figure, trapped on the male-dominated ranch, with nowhere to go, and nothing she can do to try to improve her life due to the remoteness of the ranch. ...read more.


[Steinbeck Chap. 6 Pg 124] Here, Curley's wife says that she wasn't going to live in a place where she cannot make anything of her life, but instead, she married Curley and has become probably even more restricted by living at the ranch. She thinks that she has done the right thing by leaving home and marrying Curley, but she doesn't understand that she would have been much better off staying at home. She cannot see past her bitterness to realise that if she would have stayed, she could be doing much better than she is now, and not stuck on a ranch with no prospects. The death of both women marks the final period of tragedy with the end to their suffering. There is a great difference in both of their deaths, with Sophy dying in relative peace, able to rest after years of widowhood, and unhappiness at the hands of her son who refused to allow her to re-marry. She was given a formal ceremony which passed through her place of birth, and given dignity in death. Curley's Wife was less fortunate in death. She died as the result of an accident, and was killed in a barn, away from her husband and from any loved ones. ...read more.


Sophy is ensnared by a crippled foot, which stops her from getting out of her house. She is also excluded from the upper class because she was brought up in a village, and only married into status, not born into it. In addition, she is trapped by her son who refuses to let her re-marry someone who is in the working class, the class she was originally from. This entrapment has led to both women having monotonous, restricted lives, with no way out. The two texts look at the clash between security and imprisonment. Both women looked for security and ended up trapped. Sophy wanted security from Reverend Twycott because of her crippled foot and she was scared that she would be left on her own, unable to manage for herself. However, she ended up imprisoned because of her son. Towards the end of the short story, she realises that she would have been happier if she would have married Sam and that she only married Reverend Twycott for security, not love. Curley's Wife wanted security from her mother, who she believed was doing wrong to her, she saw that security in Curley, only to find out that instead the only thing Curley offered was imprisonment and once she was in, there was nothing she could do to escape it. ...read more.

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