Of Mice And Men Curley's Wife Weak Analysis

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All throughout history, women are categorized as the inferior gender. Women are lower than men, even though they may be as equally strong. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrays women as seductresses that are weak. Steinbeck does not necessarily believe that women are weaker than men. The idea of women being weak is surrounded by the patriarchal society that Of Mice and Men is set in. Curley’s Wife reveals how strong women are considered weak in a patriarchal society through diction, the American dream, and a her hidden strength. Steinbeck’s expression of women in a patriarchal society depicts Curley’s wife as a frail character, when in fact she is just as capable and sturdy as the men around her. For instance, on the night that George goes to town with the other …show more content…

When the weak ones are only at the ranch she says that she is “[standin’] here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs...an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else” (Steinbeck 78). Curley’s Wife likes talking to Lennie, Crooks, and Candy because she is lonely. On the day that Lennie first sees Curley’s Wife, his “eyes moved down over her body, and though she did not seem to be looking at Lennie she bridled a little” (Steinbeck 31). To bridle is to control or hold back something. The word “bridled” reveals how Curley’s Wife is controlling her feelings. The fact that she can control her feelings reveals her emotional strength. Curley’s Wife is strong because in public, she can prevent others from seeing how lonely she really is. Although it may not be physical strength, her emotional strength reveals that women can also be strong. Since Curley’s Wife is the only woman on the ranch, she has no chance to grow since men are always considered superior to her. Overall, Curley’s Wife has some strength in her, but the patriarchal society makes categorizes her as someone weak and prevents her from growing to her full strength or

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