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Compare How J.B Priestly In ‘An Inspector Calls’ And John Steinbeck In ‘Of Mice And Men’ Portrays Women

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The pivotal theme in ‘Mice and Men’ and ‘an inspector Calls’ written by John Steinbeck and J.B Priestly. Their key theme is in ‘Mice and Men’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ is Socialism and Capitalism. Two of the writers John Steinbeck and J.B Priestly use female characters to illustrate how people take responsibility for each other and how people portray capitalism. In both of the novels we see how both of the writers try to make the readers think and explore socialism and capitalism throughout the novel.
Firstly, John Steinbeck the writer of ‘Mice and Men’ in the 1930s women in America were treated and seen as prostitutes. Curley’s wife is seen and is called a ‘tart’ by Candy and the other ranch workers say the similar thing such as ‘what a tramp’ and ‘she’s got the eye’ by George and whit they say this because she always wears a bright cotton dress and the mules with ostrich feathers; which states that she wants attention; this portrays loneliness . John Steinbeck does not tell the writer Curley’s wife’s name and yet John Steinbeck has so much sympathy for her; the reason john Steinbeck does not give a name for Curley’s wife is that John Steinbeck wants to create tension and change the atmosphere between the reader so the write could question and think about Curley’s wife if she is someone who wants to be with Curley and in the ranch or if she wishes to be with someone else or somewhere else. Later on the reader starts questioning if Curley lets to talk to someone in the ranch or if she is lonely; loneliness is also portrayed in ‘an Inspector calls’ by J.B priestly when Mrs Sybil Birling say’s (to Sheila) ‘when you’re married, you’ll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend all their time and energy on their business. You’ll have to get used to that, just as I had.’ this illustrates loneliness which means that woman were displayed as objects for men which proves that women were treated as tarts in the 1930s; also when Mrs Sybil Birling say’s (to Sheila) ‘men with important work to do sometimes have to spend all their time and energy on their business.’ This shows loneliness that woman had to face in the 1930s.
Secondly, the author of ‘an inspector calls’ has made each character very unique in their own way. The author uses Eva Smith (Daisy) to share responsibility to the family. Throughout the novel the author uses responsible and responsibility throughout the novel using the character named Inspector Goole. The author portrays women as second class citizens, after men. However women in the first class completely depend their husbands for money; as for second class women they have to go to work. Sheila the young and one of the main character; at the first scene Sheila is represented as a young girl that is engaged and is looking at a shimmering ring like a child Sheila is represented as a little child because of Sheila looking at the ring; Sheila also uses ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ instead of ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ which...

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