Sexism In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Sexism has always been a huge problem, since people didn’t want to change women’s rights until the Age of Enlightenment, during the eighteenth century. Women were seen as inferior to men, confining them to just housework, not being allowed to take part in currency, politics, voting, and in most cases, education. Even though women were given rights later in time, they still aren’t considered equal. As of today, women make eighty four cents for every dollar men make, meaning that women have to work significantly harder to make the same amount of money, for the same work. In the book, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, men didn’t think highly of women and discriminated them for no clear reason, as they were seen as toys, property, and just good for sex and otherwise, worthless. In the book, Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife didn’t have a name, because she wasn’t important enough. According to the men in the book, women were just property, a possession they just expected to have. She was separated from all the men, not only because of social class, being the boss’s daughter in law, but also because she was Curley’s wife and no one else could have her attention. When he quarantined…show more content…
Men are hypocritical and have double standards. Everyone judged her for being a bad wife but how many people judged Curley in that sense? If you think about it, he was far worse. Curley’s wife never had the option of spending time with him or not, because Curley made all decisions for her. She was left all alone on the ranch and wasn’t able to make any friends because everyone frowned upon her. The men hated her for no reason. Crooks, a black man, was segregated because of his color, but was there any reason for women to be? When Candy walked in to find her corpse, he still showed no kindness towards her. “You God damn tramp… Ever’body knows you’d mess things up. You wasn’t no good. You ain’t good now, you lousy tart...”

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