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The Experiences of women in "Veronica", "Looking for a Rain God" and "Of Mice and Men".

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The Experiences of women in "Veronica", "Looking for a Rain God" and "Of Mice and Men" The pieces "Veronica" by Adewale Maja-Pearce, "Looking for a Rain God" by Bessie Head and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck" all involve cultural views based on women. The feelings of the women based within each of the three pieces are very varied and are conveyed in different ways. The short story "Veronica" is based on a woman who is very limited and has restrictions based around her. After looking into the piece in detail my opinion is that Veronica does not lead a good life. She achieves a standard five from her education but nothing more. Although it becomes obvious to me that her life is poignantly dull and boring, Veronica appears to be fulfilled within herself. She leads a stereotypical life of women for the time and meagre environment. ...read more.

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The women of the families are usually the last to receive any necessary resources, although without their husbands they would in most cases be unable to survive. Unlike "Veronica" the women based within this piece are in many ways unhappy and do not feel fulfilled. Set aside from this point they do still follow the basic outline of culturally stereotypical women at this time, which in this case is to stay at home in aid of caring for their families. The roles of women in the novel "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck are expressed by the portrayal of one character named as "Curley's wife" One main factor which firstly expresses a limited role in life for Curley's wife is based within the fact that she hasn't received a name, she is known as a possession to her egocentric and obdurate husband "Curley". ...read more.

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The stereotypical role involving the caring of families and the pride of husbands is in many ways very poignant, As shown above consequences can involve women being fulfilled as it "Veronica" or unhappy to involve a decrease in character as in "Of Mice and Men" Overall after exploring cultural roles of women within "Veronica" by Adewale Maja-Pearce, "Looking for a Rain God" by Bessie Head and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck" I can see that there is an overall stereotypical role of women throughout. This role gives women limited opportunities in life and causes them to be isolated. Results of this isolation are varied between cultures. Some of the women within the investigated pieces appear to be fulfilled whereas others appear to be very unhappy leading a dull and poignant life. In conclusion this stereotypical role of women is extremely unfair and should be overruled completely to provide all women with equal opportunities. James Fitzgerald English Coursework ...read more.

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