Analysis Of ' Of Mice And Men ' And ' The Yellow Wallpaper '

1298 Words May 5th, 2016 6 Pages
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Gilman, their main female characters are explored through their marriages, their inability to express themselves and limitations due to their gender in a similar time, from the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Both Curley’s Wife and ‘Jane’ were controlled by their husbands, the women are seen as inferior and hence, they are incapable to do what they want, when they want. Both female characters are deprived of the ability to express themselves through any medium so, they find ways to go against their husband’s wishes which in turn characterises the women as disloyal, if not only to their husbands. The two women have to power in their own situations, to make decisions about even their daily lives, which escalates through the stories to the death of Curley’s Wife and ‘Jane’s’ mental breakdown. Within the novel, femininity is explored through these two character’s inferior positions in their marriages and the socially defined factors that determine how they are allowed to express themselves and control their own lives.

Femininity is explored in Of Mice and Men, through the character of Curley’s wife, and The Yellow Wallpaper, through the narrator ‘Jane’, via the female character’s roles in their separate marriages. Steinbeck uses imagery to portray Curley’s Wife as “a tart” through the initial description of her character and Candy’s dialogue which shows that the other characters believe she neess to…

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