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Compare and contrast the characters 'Curley's Wife' from Of Mice and Men and Mally from Malachi's Cove

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Compare and contrast the characters 'Curley's Wife' from Of Mice and Men and Mally from Malachi's Cove The characters, 'Curley's Wife' from Of Mice and Men and 'Mally' from Malachi's Cove help to shed light on women's experiences during the early Twentieth century. It would appear that there is little difference between Mally and Curley's wife because they both seem to be living in an isolated situation where there are no other women around to talk to and bond with. During the time the short story of Malachi's Cove and the novel Of Mice and Men were set, women's public roles were minimal to that of men's. However, by reading both novels I am able to observe the author's attitudes towards women as they are presented in very different styles. One of the main reasons why Curley's wife and Mally are so different is because they live in different countries and different environments. Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck was set near Soledad, California and dealt with the lives of itinerant farm workers. Many of them travelled from far away places seeking a better life. For example, Curley's wife's ambition was to be in Hollywood, "Coulda been in the movies and had nice clothes," but as the novel portrays, many of these dreams were lost. Malachi's Cove on the other hand was set in Victorian England. Mally (short for Mahala) ...read more.

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It seems he said this because to George, Curley's wife was a "tramp" and " a rat trap" because of the way she acted in a seductive manner when she was near men. George wasn't the only man who felt this way, other men also kept their distance from Curley's wife. For instance, when Curley's wife went into Crooks' barn where some of the other men were, Candy said to her, " you got a husban. You got no call foolin' aroun' with other guys, causin' trouble." Like George, Candy also knew that Curley's wife was trouble because she shouldn't go around talking to other men whilst her husband wasn't there. The men on the ranch didn't want to lose their job because Curley thought they were trying to steal his possession, his wife. Curley's wife knew that the men on the ranch preferred to stay away from her, but if a man was alone, "I get along fine with him," she said. She tells Lennie, Crooks and Candy, " just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk." She went on to say, "ever' one of you's scared the rest is goin' to get something on you." That's just what George and the other guys thought would happen if they were to talk to her. ...read more.

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One big similarity between Mally and Curley's wife was; even though they didn't like the people around them (visa versa), they still had a loving heart inside. For instance, when Mally's granddad thought Barty Gunliffe (the farmer's son) had died, Mally never lost hope, and still tried to find help; " had it been her brother, her lover, her father, she could not have clung to him with more of the energy despair." Mally used to despised Barty before but yet she was trying to save his life. The author's use of various writing techniques to describe their main female characters illustrates the character's difficult situations. Both Steinbeck and Trollope effectively describe their characters in such a way that in their everyday lives, Mally and Curley's wife led two very different lives. Curley's wife living in the very traditional way of belonging to her husband and being a distraction to the men and Mally taking on a traditionally male role of taking on all the responsibilities. However, with a deeper look into both characters, I am able to see that both women share a sad and lonely life but even though they do, they can both be both really caring and compassionate. It seems as though both characters need a meaning to their lives because they are so lonely. This suggests to me, that there's a greater similarity between the two characters than their outward appearances would suggest. ...read more.

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