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Steinbeck's portrayal of women in "Of Mice and Men"

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Steinbeck's portrayal of Women " You gotta husban', you got no call foolin' aroun' with other guys, causin' trouble" (85). Crooks (while in the stablehand's room), tells Curley's wife to leave them alone, as he wants no trouble. In George Steinbeck's Of Mice of Men, women are depicted negatively in today's terms but correct for the times. This negative depiction displays the times of the 1930's as women don't have full rights as they do now, don't belong with farm life, and how their image of serving no purpose other than 'procreation and recreation' effects how they were treated. In today's standards women have many rights, whereas in the 1930's it was totally different. Women were unable to own their own piece of property back in the 1930's so in many cases that forced them to live with their husband in a place where they do not wish to. ...read more.


It was typical for a woman to be a teacher, clerk, or nurse (Kennedy 158), but there was not much for a women to do on a farm. Mainly they would or could maintain the house, do dishes, make food, etc. In Of Mice of Men, Steinbeck often refers to how important a strong man with much endurance is to a farm. Surrounded by men everywhere, Curley's wife feels out of place as she cannot do any work, and because so nobody gives her any respect. All Curley's wife wishes for is respect, saying "If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk. ...read more.


There is only one woman in the story, Curley's wife, whom everybody believes is a whore and stays away from her. "I have heard men say that 'All women are whores at heart'." The quote from Stanley displays how many men believe women are Roon 3 just there for sex and serve no other purpose. By only having one woman on the farm from the story, Steinbeck is showing the reader that in the times of the story men thought many women were alike, whores. Steinbeck's Of Mice of Men accurately depicts many aspects of life from the 1930's, including women and their lack of rights and much disrespect. Soon after the times in which this story is based in women gained more rights, were able to work, and gained respect. The change was inevitable, and without it the nation wouldn't be what it is today. ...read more.

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