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Other Cultures Essay The following essay looks at the cultural attitudes and values expressed by the members of the ranch and society in "Of mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, and how important it is to the main themes of the novella. The book was first published in nineteen thirty seven and is set during the great depression. Steinbeck based the story as his own experience as a bindle stiff. When looking at the relationship between men and women in the story, women are ignored. Curley's wife is generally ignored, throughout the story. Curley and his wife spend most of the time looking for each other as several points in the novel, Curley's wife asks "Have you seen Curley?" and vice versa for Curley. We are also able to see that the relationship between Curley and his wife isn't a particularly a romantic and loving one as in many parts of the story we are able to see friction between the two; a prime example of this being when Curley's wife angrily and furiously replies to a order from Curley by saying "You don't own me!". ...read more.


Most importantly, Curley's Wife is unable to meet her targets and achieve her ambitions simply because she is married to Curley. All she can do is just fantasize. The fact that she has to only just stay at home, cook, clean and go to bed with Curley is prevents her from reaching her potentially achievable dreams. This telling us that there was a lot of sexism involved in this period of time against women. Men could go out earn and do really whatever they like while women/wives had to stay at home and provide the men/husbands with their needs. Men's attitudes towards women were selfish. Curley's wife in the whole novella has to proper name in which she is referred to. She is just referred to in the book and other character's as Curley's wife and not a name; she has no identity in the novella. Women have no identity during this period of time, the fact the Curley's wife has no name to be referred to really displays the ignorance and unawareness towards Women. ...read more.


had in a matter of moments without even consideration taken away Candy's only love and is only hope in his life shows the utter disregard and carelessness towards the elderly. Racism is seen in the novella as well. Crooks, who is the only African American is discriminated in many ways. He is referred to by his disability with the name: Crooks, due to his crooked back. Another term he is referred to is "nigger" due to his ethnicity, nigger which using the term nowadays could be a punishable offence. Crooks is separated from the rest of the ranch, he is made by the others to live in his own room.As a result this causes him to feel lonely as he mentions that "A gut neades somebody to be near him" and "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody". The irony with Crooks that although he is discriminated, he is the only work member on the ranch to have his own privacy. Furthermore, despite his discrimination, ?? ?? ?? ?? Adil Cader The British School of Bahrain Centre number: 90306 Other cultures essay ...read more.

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