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A comparison of Nancy from 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens and Curley's Wife from 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck.

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The Comparison of Curley's Wife and Nancy A comparison of Nancy from 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens and Curley's Wife from 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck. In the two books both characters can be compared with each other but in many ways they are different in looks, language and personality, but the reasons for which the authors created them is much the same. I believe that Steinbeck created Curley's wife, so that the reader feels sorry for her because most of the other characters in the book try to stay clear of her and do not get to know her, and in a sense, judge her by the way she dresses. On the other hand Steinbeck is trying to express to the reader that looks do not count for everything. The main reason for Curley's wife's creation in my personal opinion is because all of the characters in the book are misfits for example; Lennie is not clever and acts like a child when he is with George by the riverbank and threatens to leave because George becomes annoyed with him. Also Crooks the Negro is crippled and cannot walk very well, but in his own way he is special and well educated. ...read more.

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Oliver respects Nancy, like Lennie is fond of Curley's wife and both of them seem to have child like qualities that judge the characters for who they are and not how they dress or look. In the same way as Curley's wife is despised by the ranch workers, Nancy is looked down on by the upper class people of the nineteenth century. The main reason the upper class residents do not respect Nancy is because she is a prostitute and in the time of Dickens this occupation was the lowest of the low for a woman. When Nancy goes to visit Rose, who is the adopted daughter of the women whose house Oliver broke in to, she is looked down on by the servants and thrown out of the hotel because of the way she looks. 'Come!' said the man taking her to the door, 'None of this, take yourself off.' The servants are not the only characters that look down on Nancy, Fagin and Sikes treat her badly and Dickens describes Sikes as using Nancy as his punch bag. Bill Sikes persists this behaviour even though Nancy looks after him when she is ill and says that she would even walk around the jail if he ...read more.

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She is also very clever and an example of this is when Nancy puts her skirt over her head in order to disguise her shadow. I feel that Nancy's good points are more valuable than her bad points, like being a prostitute. My overall opinion of Curley's wife is that we are not meant to like her and maybe even think she is a tart at first, but as the book continues, we are supposed to feel sorry for her, and the moral of the character is to not judge people by their looks. In the same way as Curley's wife, we are supposed to feel sorry for Nancy and think of her as a tart, and as the book continues we begin to respect her for saving Oliver. The moral behind both of these characters is the same and it is not to judge people by the way they dress or look. Today there are still incidents involving women being abused by their husbands which I believe is neither right or fair but the women like Nancy keep their problems to themselves, resulting in no further actions been taken to help prevent this. I feel that these problems will continue in the future unless further action is taken by the police in conjunction with the victims. ...read more.

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