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Gender Roles in Of Mice and Men

The Difference between males and females in the 1930s to 1940s
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Sarah Barr

on 3 May 2011

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Transcript of Gender Roles in Of Mice and Men

Gender Roles in Of Mice and Men Lennie and George had to work to earn money to support their families.
Women were expected to play the role of being a housewife.
Woman had goals and dreams but they couldnt be accomplished because they had to stay at home.
Men wanted to be successful but they couldnt because they were so busy working all the time.

Evolution of Gender Roles over the Past Centrury 1930's/1940's: Men had to work really hard for money because women were expected to stay home and play the roles of housewives. General Information Quotes: Women
"'Nother time i met a guy an' he was in pitchers. . .he said he was gonna put me in the movies. Says i was a natural. Soon's he got back to hollywood he was gonna write to me about it." (Curley's wife to Lennie, Steinbeck 88)
women's jobs just come easy to them and men have to work harder to get what they want.

"You're always sayin' that, an' you know sonofabitching well you ain't gonna stew the b'Jesus outa George all the time." (Aunt Clara, Steinbeck 101)
-Aunt Clara is telling Lennie that he is lazy and needs to work harder in order to get what he wants in life. Quotes: Men
Slim: "Curley -- maybe you better stay here with your wife."
Curley: "I'm gonna shoot the guts outa that big bastard myself, even if i only got one hand. I'm gonna get 'im." (Steinbeck 98)
This quote suggests that Curley is being overprotective of his wife. It symbolizes a death for a death.

George: "If I was alone i could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. . . I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want." (Steinbeck 11)
This quote suggests that it seems easy for George to attain the money but it really is difficult to earn money at that time of the century.

Lennie and Curley's wife are in the barn and Lennie wants to stroke her hair but she is resisting so he would not let go. "She struggled violently under his hands." (Steinbeck 98) This quote represents the weakness of women under the authority of men.

Man vs Man (Lennie Vs. Curley)
"I'll try to catch him," said Curley. 1990s & Present
Present day: Women do not have to work very hard because men make the most money. They make enough to support their family and for the women to just stay home and take care of the children, do the laundry and clean up the house. Some women want to help support their families so they go to college after high school so they can get degrees and eventually have a well paying job and be as successful as their husbands. 1990's: more women are allowed to vote, allowed to have jobs, have better jobs, wear whatever they want, and more freedom of speech.
Present day: Men make enough to support their family and for the women to just stay home and take care of the children, do the laundry and clean up the house. It is still very similar to the lifestyle in the 1990's. 1990's & Present Day lifestyle By: John Steinbeck Works Cited:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_workforce 1950s
Women were expected to be good housewives, obedient, and take care of the kids and the house.
35% of all adult woman were members of the labor force
Men had to work, bring home the money, and support the family

1970s
Women got more rights and became more free
Men still worked for most of the income although woman began to get jobs too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_workforce Works Cited: http://www.novelguide.com/a/discoveryadec_0001_0006_0_01967.html

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/images/2009/jul/wk4/art05.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jul/wk4/art05.htm&usg=__93bSx7oPGjCy9TOdtiHbzTyVxmA=&h=360&w=580&sz=12&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=cB4FZ0j6I4wfDM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=218&ei=LkC_TYCPJ8Xc0QHmlu2_Bg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dearnings%2Bfor%2Bmen%2Bin%2B1990s%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D525%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=363&vpy=109&dur=640&hovh=177&hovw=285&tx=100&ty=85&page=1&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0 Women were not paid as much in the older days. They are paid more now because more women have an education. Men have always earned more than women but as men's weekly earnings stay the same, women's salary has increased little by little as the years go by. THE END.
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