Jane Eyre And Of Mice And Men

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Explore how women are presented in ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’
Brontë and Steinbeck are arguably two of the most prominent writers in English literature, parted by a ninety year time span and a difference in pre occupations, which could be due to their difference in gender. Jane Eyre and Curley’s wife are two of most different characters but similarly both used drive the plot. Both characters struggle to fit into society; Jane is belittled by her Aunt Reed and being kept apart from the other children in the Reed household. Similarly Curley’s wife is looked down upon by the men on the ranch, where she is named a ‘tart’ and ‘rat trap’ she uses her physical appearance to get attention. Both texts show the inequality of society through isolation of the characters.
‘Of Mice and Men’ is set in the 1930’s where there was a patriarchal society. During the great Depression women were oppressed and treated less equally to the male population in America; they had near to no career opportunities, where viewed as being squeamish and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual innovation and once married gave up their identity and became part of their man. During the great depression over thirteen million people were out of work, forcing men to leave their homes and search for new opportunities, mainly to California which was known as the Golden state, the land of opportunity. These men were called migrant workers they were people who moved from ranch to ranch to earn…
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