Domestic Violence In John Stienbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In Stienbeck's Of Mice and Men little attention is given to the wife of curley, the main character. Others say that it implies that she is submissive to her husband in every way because his temper can be unsteady at times. In Of Mice and Men there are quite a few topics and themes that are discussed. Honestly some more than others. I noticed that women's rights and the issues that pleagued them in the story seem to be non existant, as if women were nothing more than property. In the following paragraphs you will read how the author Stienbeck made women appear as tropies as well as how women are treated in other countries. Also you will read about domestic violence and how we need to put a stop to it. For many years the rights of women have been ignored and down played as if women were trophies. In Mice and Men curley treated his wife like she didn't have a brain to think for herself. "I get lonely" she said. "You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How would you like not to talk to nobody?"(Stienenbeck) The above statement shows how she truly feels about not being able to be free and have friends. This can be compared to the way slaves were treated. They weren't allowed to speak in the presence of the Master's company unless it was to say "yes ma'am or yes sir." Curley acts as if he owns his…show more content…
According to By Lenore E. Walker, Women who are victims of intimate-partner violence have been identified by the mental health field for more than 30 years now. This could easily desicribe Curly's wife. Although some would say that he wasn't abusive abuse is not always physical. It appears that she is a little scared of curley she does every thing he says with out question, almost as if she is a robot. Curley was very dominating. He was in charge to the point where his wife would tell people tha the was not a nice guy.

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