Of Mice And Men The Green Mile Analysis

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Stage 1 English Literature
Comparative Essay
‘Of Mice and Men’ ‘The Green Mile’
The patriarchal depiction of women is similarly prevalent within John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Frank Darabont’s ‘The Green Mile’, in accordance with the constricting societal ideologies of the 1930’s. The progressive feminist movement that preceded the 1930’s seemingly diminished within the Great Depression, prompting the renewal of regressive misogynistic principles, illustrated within both texts. ‘The Green Mile’s’ Elaine, and ‘Of Mice and Men’s’ Curley’s wife explore contrasting depictions of married women, yet are comparable regarding Steinbeck’s and Darabont’s interpretation of possessions. The presence of women within ‘The Green Mile’ is restricted to domestic figures; homemakers, mothers and wives whereas ‘Of Mice and Men’ is limited to Curley’s wife and the occasional mention of
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Steinbeck and Darabont’s minimal description of women neglects the reformative efforts and economic contribution of women throughout the Depression era, a common occurrence throughout 1930’s fiction (Moran, 1989) (Walker, 1996). According to an American 1930’s census, approximately 24 percent of women were employed, the electrical industry constituted 25 percent of women whilst the automotive 7 percent (Gale, 2001). Steinbeck and Darabont’s refrain from depicting these women in accordance with the societal disapproval of said women and their morality. The portrayed treatment of women within both texts is legitimate, demonstrating the patriarchal theories that consumed women in the 1930’s. The exemption of employed females within ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Green Mile’ directly coincides with 1930’s societal principles, yet disregards the contribution women made to the

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