Sexism In Of Mice And Men

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Sexism, to judge or belittle a person because of their gender or the typical stereotypes that the world has set. For many years, women have been belittle because of their gender. For instance; they are just here to show off and be the house keeper. In the book “Of Mice and Men” Curly’s wife is highly discriminated against because of her gender and because she is currently the only woman on the ranch.
In the beginning of the novel we learn that Lennie and George are on the run from their job in weed due to getting in trouble with a woman.. The cause being Lennie wanted to touch a girls dress. Misunderstanding Lennie’s love for touching soft things, she accused him of sexual assault. George yells at Lennie for his behavior but he believes women
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I seen ‘em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be.” (Steinback, page 17) In this quote, George is waring Lennie about Curley’s wife. George does not even know who she is and he has already made assumptions. Not only has George called her a name, a bad name to call a women in fact, but they categorized her as a flirt because of the reason of her being a women.
Curly’s wife is strongly affected by sexism because the men look at her as an object and not a person. Steinbeck refused to give her a name which makes her a women without a right. She has become a property of Curly by her name being “Curly’s Wife.” Curly has complete control over her telling her she can not go outside and needs to stay in the house.
George believes the ranch is not a place for a women. This is shown through the quote “She’s gonna make a mess. They’s gonna be a bad mess about her. She’s a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl, specially like her.” (Steinbeck 23) Not only has George told the men she was jail bait he also told them the ranch was no place for a female. George has this strong dislike for Curly’s wife and it may affect the outcome of the story due to Lennie’s addiction to touching

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