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Curley's Wife is a tart. Discuss

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Dharam Taylor 10JG Curley's Wife is a tart. Discuss The readers perception changes through out the novel on weather Curley's wife is a tart or weather she is not a tart. At the start of the novel we see her as being very provocative and extremely flirtatious. Towards the end however our judgment changes. We see her life as being very lonely and monotonous. This fact is also emphasised at the end of the novel when John Steinbeck makes the end of her life as if she is going to heaven; very tranquil and peaceful. '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,' At first, Curley's wife is described to the reader through the comments of the men on the ranch. Candy tells Lennie and George when he first meets them that she 'got the eye' for the men on the ranch. Candy thinks that she is 'a tart'. We first meet Curley's wife when she comes into the bunkhouse, when Lennie and George are in there. She is apparently looking for Curley but she already knows that new men have arrived. John Steinbeck gives a detailed description of her as she stands in the doorway of the bunkhouse. She is 'heavily made up', with 'full rouged lips' and red fingernails. ...read more.


She is contemptuous of Candy, Crooks and Lennie, referring to them as 'a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep' and she laughs at their dream of having a ranch of their own, calling it as 'Balony'. Far worse though is the way she removes all of Crooks' pride and dignity when he dares stand up to her, asking her to leave his room. She reminds him disapprovingly that she could have him 'lynched' if she chose. She doesn't actually say so, but Candy and we know that it would be by claiming that he had tried to rape her. This scene really shows the worst side of Curley's wife. This anger I feel was boiling up and it resulted in her getting angry to those who where most vulnerable and those who could not defend themselves. When Lennie was in the barn and Curley's wife enters the reader is again aware of how lonely and isolated from the others she really is. Dharam Taylor 10JG Even though she realises that Lennie is unintelligent and not listening to her she is desperate to talk and we hear how isolated she feels; this also represents the fact that she only dresses the way she does to get the attention that she needs significantly. When Lennie tells her that he's not allowed to talk to her she cries again with plead 'What's the matter with me?' ...read more.


a 'bad ' person, or whether you think that at the end he is trying to make us feel some sympathy for her. Remember that writers put characters across to us through describing: * what they look like - physical appearance * what they say - dialogue with others * what they do - their actions * what other characters say about them If we look through the men's eyes we see that they view her as just a 'tart' and are wary of her. The physical description Steinbeck uses reinforces this idea - heavily made up. And her actions are also provocative (leaning against the doorway. We also see she is cruel in what she says to Crooks. However, there are occasions when we see a better side of Curley's wife. We see her loneliness; she is kind to Lennie; she has a dream that she is not likely to achieve, like the other men on the ranch, and finally, Steinbeck's description of her dead body seems designed to make us see her as a victim of life. You answer should show that you have thought about the question and have set out a line of argument, showing both sides (condemn or condone) but finally reaching your own personal conclusion. If you do not answer the question, especially if you do not refer to it at the end of your answer, your grade will suffer! ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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