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"A piece of jailbait"- is this a fair description of Curley's wife?

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"A piece of jailbait"- is this a fair description of Curley's wife? In the Steinbeck novel "Of Mice Men he introduces us to the character of Curley's wife. She could be justifiably interpreted as a miss-fitting character in the novel as no one relates to her, as they do not take kindly to her flirtatious and arrogant tone in her often short and dramatic dialogue, in which she tends to upset people regularly with her hateful, jealous, blunt comments. The social setting of the novel is also very important if we are examining a person's characteristics and the way they act, for society makes a person, and it can also later explain characters attitudes towards other people. It is set in the U.S. in the 1930's; this is the time of the Great Depression. This was a result of the First World War. It affected the rich and poor alike, factory workers and farmers, bankers and stockbrokers. In short, it affected everyone; no one was left untouched. But of all the people hurt, farmers were the worst off. John Steinbeck chose to write about farmers hoping that Americans would recognise their troubles and correct the situation. The Great depression is known to be the worst economic disaster in the U.S. history. For this reason the depression caused many people to change their ideas about the government and economy. The theme of power is vividly demonstrated through Curley's wife as she has a high status but is given no respect despite the fact she is greatly feared. ...read more.

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Her body language is also provocative as she positions herself in the doorway so that "her body is thrown forward." She smiles "archly" and she "twitched her body". The general impression the reader gains is of a young girl who is pretty and desires the attention of men. George makes his opinions clear just after he first met her "Jesus, what a tramp", and "so that's what Curley picks for a wife". However Lennie is ironicly defensive of her, saying "she's purty" which is understandable, as he cannot understand the trouble she can cause. However, after reading the whole book and knowing what Curley's wife is like, to me it just seems that on this occasion she just wants some one to talk to and therefore get to the know the new guys in a friendly way, but she knows the only way to be noticed is by is to act desirable, and I think that this goes down the wrong way especially with George. Males on the ranch don't like her because they think that she will get them into trouble. And so George immediately warns Lennie to stay away from her so fiercely to make him understand "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 jailbait worse than her. You leave her be". ...read more.

Conclusion

However it is ironic, as she also takes no notice of what Lennie says to her. No one trusts anyone on the ranch. This is a way that Steibeck is critising the America he is living in and why people find it weird that Lennie and George travel together. Not even Curley and his wife. They are always looking for each other. He started a fight when he thought that there was something going on with his wife and slim. This shows very little trust, if he is going around making accusations. This shows that there must be some justification for being a piece of "jailbait" if her own husband doesn't even trust her. When it comes to dreams of other people, Curley's wife always puts them down "I seen to many you guys." Curley's wife said that after Lennie told her his and Georges dream, when hers of going to Hollywood was even more wild. Dreams are a major reoccurring theme in the novel "Of Mice and Men" and is the most controversial topic amongst the characters with them all having a wide variety of views. "Baloney" is what she says to Lennie for his dream involving George and Candy. But Curley's wife herself dreamed of being a movie star and regrets marrying Curley. So Steinbeck cunningly paints this picture of a women who is stuck in an impossible situation and tries to now get us feeling pity for her by using colourful emotive adjectives, and this could be because he wants a grand mixed emotional ending. Soliloquies English Coursework 10H/D Of Mice and Men Lee Battu ...read more.

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