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'Of Mice and Men' and 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' Comparing The Role Of Women

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'OF MICE AND MEN' AND 'TONY KYTES, THE ARCH DECEIVER' COMPARING THE ROLE OF WOMEN In this coursework I will be examining the two stories, 'Of Mice and Men' and 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' I will be looking carefully at how the writers deal with the topic of women. I will be exploring the characters of women, how other people treat them and what the society in authors' time was like. 'Of Mice and Men' was written by John Steinbeck. It was first published in 1937 and surprisingly was an immediate success. Steinbeck wrote the novel again that same year for a performance on stage on Broadway in New York. He had begun writing it in early 1936. The story was however destroyed by the family puppy. Since it was the only copy, Steinbeck had to write the whole script again by memory. His new version of it wasn't as much in quantity as the first and he was uncertain whether it would amount to much. Surprisingly, years after its publication, Of Mice and Men still remain a classic. The story is about two migrant workers, Lennie and George. It is about the friendship they have between them and how the other workers relate to it. ...read more.

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She is not seen as an individual but is seen by various characters as a symbol of other things- a temptress, a sex-object, or a piece of jail bait. She had dreams of a better, more fulfilling life, but these are based on glossy film magazines and the easy promises from men she has know in her past. We do not know for sure how far she would go with the men in the ranch if she were given the chance. Our only opportunity to find this out is when she meets Lennie in the barn alone. Steinbeck describes this with very skilful ambiguity. It is quite hard to presume what is to happen next. Curley is proud of his new wife, particularly when she makes others envious of him. The implication of 'Glove fulla Vaseline' shows him keeping his hand soft in order he may 'pet' his wife. Steinbeck has already established a frightening connection between Lennie, 'petting', and death. A confrontation between Lennie and Curley already looks dangerous. Candy, one of the older workers there, thinks Curley's wife is a tart. Most of the ranch men thought of her like that. However Lennie was fascinated by her and this was not good because it shows that something bad is going to happen. ...read more.

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Both pieces of writing show how young women can be misled by somewhat more experienced men. This is shown by their innocence and tendency to follow the male initiatives, to the extent that the young ladies in the Tony Kytes story are willing to suspend common sense and ludicrously conceal themselves beneath tarpaulin. The differences between the two pieces of text lie inherently in the period in which they were written, whilst the girls in the Tony Kytes story merely suffer some injury to their dignity. On the other hand, Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men seemed to be more clever and sophisticated. The theme running through both the stories is one of the subtle and delicate balances of power in the relationships between men and women. Both stories are really interesting to read. There are a lot of differences between them. The story I think I have enjoyed most would have to be Of Mice and Men. The simple reason is that I found it much more realistic and interesting. It seemed more of this time then the Tony Kytes story. That story seemed too made up and it didn't make me feel like, 'yeah this is a good book'. But when I read Of Mice and Men I knew that this could be a book that you could like. 1 Tahir Ahmad 11E English Coursework ...read more.

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