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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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A comparative study of Curley's wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Sophy Twycott in Hardy's "The Son's veto" It is my belief that Sophy Twycott and Curley's wife are both similar women - young, good-looking and oppressed in a male dominated society. However, they live in very dissimilar environments. They both live and die different lives. Both writers try to make us feel sorrow for their characters. Curley's wife is more in control of her destiny, but both women remain humble, as both writers seem to be interested in the lives of normal people. Both women have been cruelly taunted and outraged by the injustice of life, and never achieve their full potential. Curley's wife failed from an early age, as a result of her mother giving no support or encouragement. This is seen when she says... " A man came with a show...but my mamma said I couldn't go" and having been let down by her dream of shooting to stardom in Hollywood. This failure causes her to run away and start a relationship with Curley, which was doomed from the beginning, as she married out of fear of dying alone instead of love. ...read more.


Two women represent two whole generations of oppressed, abused and infirm women. Both women personify rejection. Both are offered opportunities in their youth, Sophy by Sam and Curley's wife by the Hollywood producer. The difference is that, where Sophy rejects Sam's offer, Curley's wife accepts, but then gets rejected by the offer, as she never received her letter, "...I never did get it....I'll bet my old lady took it..." Sophy is later pragmatic about her opportunity. She offers to give up her job for a life with Sam. She regrets not being impulsive or myopic when the opportunity first came along. Curley's wife is somewhat myopic, as she still longs for her dream even though it is dead. In fact, her dream, just like the American dream of owning a piece of land is polluted and doomed to fail. All dreams, according to Crooks in chapter four of "Of Mice And Men" are doomed, " I've seen hundreds of guys come and go...they all look for a piece of land...no one ever gets it...just like heaven. " Sophy's marriage to the vicar is the result of her accident. It is ironic that her accident should happen whilst she is caring for the vicar. ...read more.


She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young..." Both women are trapped, seeking release and a better life. However, many different forms of oppression stop them achieving their goals. They are both alone in their worlds, despite being surrounded by other people. They both have regret, Sophy of not having married Sam and Curley's wife of not having been made famous. Both writers try and make us feel pathos for these two women, by telling us they live miserable lonesome lives, and making them die without having achieved their goals. Both women lost men in their younger life which they reminisce about. Although the offers were different, both women rejected or got rejected by them! In Sophy's case, because the offer was not good enough, and in Curley's wife's case, the offer rejected her, as the offer was insincere. To conclude their comparison, there are three main points in which Curley's wife and Sophy differ. Where Sophy is shy and somewhat easily walked over, Curley's wife is very prominent and not at all easy to control. Sophy seeks to blend in, where Curley's wife longs to stand out and make a difference. And finally, whereas Sophy is unsure of herself, Curley's wife does not at all lack self- confidence, and volume to make her self heard. Fraser McBain 11 BP (1607 words ) ...read more.

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