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Sexism in "Of Mice and Men"

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Claudia Burton Sexism in 'Of Mice and Men' Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on one's gender; or conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

Men can receive sexism, and so can women. What is Sexism? So how does sexism apply to 'Of Mice and Men'? Let's start in the beginning, in Soledad, by the Salinas River in California, US. What happened again...? The Story - An Overview George and Lennie, who has a disability are walking
to their new job and life George and Lennie arrive at the farm and meet
all the men at the barn. Candy tells them how
flirtatious Curley's wife is... Curley's wife comes into the bunk house and George
warns Lennie to stay away from her Candy joins George and Lennie's plan for their dream
home...they work out they need to last one more
month for their money for the plan to work! Lennie gets into a fight with Curley and crushes his
hand...But, Slim saves Lennie by making Curley lie Lennie and Crooks talk in Crook's room and Crooks
tells Lennie of the racism he receives, they are interrupted by Curley's wife who further abuses Curley Lennie is in the barn with Curley's wife and accidently
kills her when touching her hair...George
later shoots Lennie before the others can Sexism in 'Of Mice and Men' Main Victim: Curley's wife Let's look at some quotes "Don't you even take a look at that bitch. I don't care
what she says and what she does. I seen 'em poison
before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse
than her"
(page 54) In this quote, George is warning Lennie of Curley's wife.
We see sexism here because not only is George calling
her a 'bitch', a derogatory term to call a female, he is
also assuming that because she comes across as a
flirt she is a woman who will get men into trouble. "Yeah? Married two weeks and got the eye? Maybe
that's why Curley's pants is full of ants"
(page 49( We see sexism occur here as they are assuming that she
has an 'eye' for everyone as she is the only woman on
the farmer. They accuse Curley's wife of giving every
male the eye, yet the males all visit a brother where they
look at other women in a sexual way "Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain't no place for a
girl, specially like her"
(page 78) This quote shows racism because not only does George
suggest that a woman could not cope on the ranch
he also specifies Curley's wife. This shows his lack
of respect towards her and is a continuation of the
sexist and degrading things he has said about her. "Why'n't you tell her to stay the hell home where she
belongs?"
(page 90) This quote shows that the men believe that because
she is a woman she should stay at home. This is
a stereotypical sexist remark and shows how
men put women at an inferior level Why is the theme of 'Sexism' important? Sexism is a very important theme in Steibeck's novel
because it shows us an insight into how women were
treated in this time period. We understand towards the
end of the book the ambitions Curley's wife had to become a performer but these were not possible due to
the pressure to be married and to be a housewife. The
sexist remarks towards Curley's wife also highlight
another key theme; lonliness Lennie with Curley's wife
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