John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

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In 1937, John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, a novel about friendship during the Great Depression. The novel offers a unique and vivid insight into the lives of all social groups during the horrific collapse of the American economy. We’re given a comprehensive insight into the life of woman; a minority group in the American society. During the novel we only meet two women, Curley’s wife is one of them, a very naive young girl.

Curley 's wife is an example of how our perception of a character can change without the character actually changing. She is portrayed as both a villain and victim throughout the course of the novel. Despite Steinbeck 's rendering she emerges as a relatively complex and intricate character, which through the course of the novel, our feelings become sympathetic towards. Throughout the novel she is shown in different lights, as from chapter 2 to chapter 5 in the novel, her character evolves and her sweeter and more vulnerable side is shown in contrast to her first appearance which portrays her as imposing and a trouble maker.

Throughout the course of the novel, it appears women are treated with contempt and Steinbeck generally depicts women as troublemakers who bring ruin on men and drive them mad. Aside from wearisome wives "Of Mice and Men" offers limited rather misogynistic descriptions of women who are either dead, maternal figures or prostitutes.

We first hear about Curley 's wife when Candy describes her to George. He describes her using…

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