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Explore how Steinbeck makes you feel towards Curleys wife in the lead up to her death, and just afterwards.

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Explore how Steinbeck makes you feel towards Curley?s wife in the lead up to her death, and just afterwards. Towards the end of the novel Steinbeck manages to alter the reader?s perception of Curley?s wife by portraying her in a different light than earlier on. Steinbeck creates an atmosphere of tragedy and doom in which the reader is aware of Lenny?s anxiety ?and rattled the halter chains.? Curley?s wife enters wearing ?a bright cotton dress? and ?red ostrich feathers? and I as the reader already know that Lennie has an attraction to the colour red which creates a sense of painful inevitability. Her face is ?made up? and her ?curls? are in place? This suggested to me that she has noticeably made herself as seductive as possible for Lennie. Curley?s wife feels safe with Lenny because he beat her husband in the fight earlier on, after she worked out the lie where Curley supposedly damaged his hand in a machine ?Baloney! What you think you?re sellin? me? Curley started som?pin he didn? finish. ...read more.


At the point where Curley?s wife offers for Lenny to stroke her hair ?feel right round there, feel how soft it is? we are; as readers, uncertain as to whether this is an innocent, childish act referring to its texture or that she wants to encounter a more sexual act with Lennie. It is also apparent now, of how young she actually is, the act of stroking hair is very harmless and childlike, not what we would expect of her character earlier on in the novel. She is likened to a little girl who wants to feel physical contact without sexual trace. This also shadows how she was called ?jailbait? earlier on in the novel by the other men. When they pointed out how young she actually is. When Lenny is petting Curley?s wife?s hair he ends up ?mussing it up?. To me it looked like she only struggled when she came to this realisation again pointing to her self-image and vanity. Here we feel sympathy for her as she still has to try and show people she is pretty and capable of her dream. ...read more.


But even then the men at the ranch still do not pity her ?You god damn tramp...Ever?body knowed you?d mess things up? Candy clearly is bitter over her death and he blames her for his dreams being ruined. This allows me as a reader to further sympathise with her because no one seems to even care that she is dead, just merely something that is interfering in their plans. Even her husband doesn?t fully care that she is dead. Most newly wedded couples would be devastated if their wife had died so suddenly; however, Curley just uses her death as an excuse to get revenge over his hand; which Lennie had broken earlier on in the novel, which Curley?s wife had admired. ?Even if I only got one hand? clearly shows his bitterness over what Lennie had done to him as his pride and Lennie had wrecked that. In all Steinbeck has managed to make the reader go from a promiscuous ?tart? to someone that they sympathise. No one cared, no one truly loved her and she died alone. The way that Steinbeck did this is very discrete throughout and only towards the end do you clearly feel the pity for her, ...read more.

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