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Compare and contrast the characters Curley's Wife from 'Of Mice and Men' and Mally from 'Malachi's Cove'

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Compare and contrast the characters Curley's Wife from 'Of Mice and Men' and Mally from 'Malachi's Cove' There are lots of contrasts and comparisons between Curley's Wife from 'Of Mice and Men' and Mally from 'Malachi's Cove'. 'Of Mice and Men' is set in California about 1930s, when the great depression hit the world whereas 'Malachi's Cove' is set in Victorian England. In 'Of Mice and Men' Curley's Wife is described as a "tramp", "bitch", "Jail-bait" and a "rat-trap". This suggests to the reader that she may have had a bad past or because of her playful personality, whilst Mally is described as a well respected person, the "people spoke well of Mally because she was so good to her grandfather". This possibly suggests to the reader that Mally is well known for her very noble personality. Steinbeck and Trollope both use language that shows the characters true personality in this case Curley's Wife and Mally. Curley's wife is described as a "tramp" which could relate to her attitude to prove a point. ...read more.

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Curley's Wife just looks for attention by dressing up and flirting with all the men on the ranch whereas Mally just gets the attention by her attitude and ill-natured personality. In 'Of Mice and Men' Steinbeck describes Curley's Wife as dependent on Curley whilst Mally has been "hunting seaweed in that cove since she had been an urchin of six years old". This possibly suggests to the reader that Mally is a hard working girl whereas Curley's Wife is financially dependent on Curley. Steinbeck and Trollope both describe the characters to be either uncertain about themselves or to be overconfident about their attitude. I think that Steinbeck and Trollope both describe Curley's Wife and Mally as having a strong character. Curley's Wife has a strong character because she doesn't care about what people say about the way she dresses and how flirtatious she is. Nevertheless Mally never "seemed to care not at all to exercise any of those feminine attractions which she might have been hers had she studied to attain them". ...read more.

Conclusion

This quotation states that she is a human being and that she saved Barty no matter what they had been through. I think that Curley's Wife and Mally both show their true colours. In conclusion I think that Curley's Wife and Mally are to completely different characters with totally different personality but as the novel progresses you get to know the characters and you get to know the real Curley's Wife and the real Mally e.g. when Curley's wife died "the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very, pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young" whilst Mally ended up marrying Barty "how beautiful he was in Mally's eyes with that pale face". I think that Steinbeck and Trollope have made the characters this way because it makes the reader think and then feel all sorry for them at the end. So in conclusion my opinion of Curley's Wife and Mally both change as the story progresses because both Steinbeck and Trollope keep the reader in suspense and makes both characters come to life. ...read more.

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