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Curley's wife deserved her fate' - Do you agree?

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Curley's wife deserved her fate.' Do you agree? I don't think that Curley's wife deserved her fate, because overall she was not a stone hearted person Like any other human being, all she wanted was some tender loving care. Every human being has a good side to them and a bad side Curley's wife tended to show her bad side more often than her good side. I think this is because her craving for attention has got to such an extent where she cannot control herself to saying horrible things to other people. To understand Curley's wife you need to 'read between the lines' of what she is saying and why she is saying it. When we are introduced to Curley's wife for the first time our first impression is that she is a 'slapper'. We can conclude this just from reading about what she is wearing. 'She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of, which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers'. ...read more.

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Curley's wife is happy with the results and she turns away, which is when she meets Slim. Slim's voice came through the door. "Hi good-looking'.' "I'm trying to find Curley, Slim'. "Well you ain't trying very hard". "I seen him goin' in your house". She was suddenly apprehensive "Bye boys,' she called into the bunk-house, and she hurried away. From the way Curley's wife rushed off, I would say that she was hoping that Curley had not seen her speaking to the men in the bunkhouse. At this point I would say she was very worried, and having all sorts of thoughts going around in her head like, what if Curley accuses me of flirting with the men or is Curley going to get violent. Although she was flirting to get attention, I don't think it is right that she has to worry if her husband has seen her speaking to someone else. You never learn the name of Curley's wife, which shows how she is thought of in the farm. I think she is regarded as one of Curley's possessions. ...read more.

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I think for sure, that the main reason she feels so unhappy is because of her husband. He forces his wife to be alone because he forbids her out of the house and by knowing Curley's temper, it is possible that he beats his wife up. Also he visits brothels and this makes his wife feel in adequate. For Curley's wife, Curley was second choice and he acts like it. She does have several dreams of a better life. When men promise her careers in acting and films she believes them, but I think that they just wanted her to sleep with them. Because her dreams fail she marries Curley. Now she is trapped on this ranch with no one to speak to apart from Curley who is not much comfort, although he does try with his glove full of Vaseline. This also makes her feel isolated. When she dies, it shows her loneliness disappearing from her face. When she id alive, she was always troubled and her face was always full of emotions, but when she dies all that goes away from her, and she is left happy and trouble free. Maria Dadabhoy 11E 7th November 2002 ...read more.

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