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Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men Essay The question we are focussing on throughout the whole essay, which is the main theme, is whether Curley's wife is a victim in the story or a tramp. The two different sides of Curley's wife are hard to determine in Steinbeck's 'Mice and Men', as she tends to swap roles from time to time. At points in the story we have reason to believe that that she is a victim, from the way she feels about Curley and her unattained future, which I will explore further on in the essay. I will also put across my points on how she can be a corrupting tramp by exploring her physical appearance, body language and other characters opinions of her. From Steinbeck's letter we can see that she couldn't really trust anyone from a young age because every time she trusted in anyone she got hurt. This shows her innocent side. There are not many points in Steinbeck's letter that show that she is a corrupting tramp as he tends to mainly focus on her innocent side and he goes through all the times she got hurt and why she got hurt. ...read more.


In the story she confesses to Lennie the one thing that she's never confessed to anyone, that she doesn't actually like Curley and that she can't escape for fear of what might happen. You can see from this that she just needs someone to talk to as she is so lonely and can't really confide or talk to Curley about anything. The people on the ranch give her the same amount of respect that Curley does. When they call her or see her around the ranch they don't associate her with her own name, to them she's just Curley's wife and they call her 'Jailbait' and 'Good looking'. You can tell she gets frustrated by having no one to talk to when she gets angry on page 123 and says 'What's the matter with me? Aint I got a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am anyways?' In the story we don't even find out what her name is which shows how much attention she gets for her looks instead of her personality which is where she wants most attention. From this we can see that she just wants someone to talk to. ...read more.


concentrate on the way she looks which tells George from the start that she is going to be trouble as she throws herself forward too much for attention. In the way she speaks you can hear the sexiness and huskiness of her voice, as described on page 53 when Steinbeck says 'Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality' which shows us that she wants to entice people or entrance them. To conclude I think it is important to include the death scene where Steinbeck describes her as being free and innocent after her death. He describes her in a child like form and finally being beautiful and achieving everything she needed to achieve because she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. This really finalises my decision for her being innocent because it shows that she really wasn't ever, or didn't ever mean to be, a corrupting tramp. Her excuse for wearing slutty and provocative clothes could be because she wanted love and affection which she couldn't get from her own, broken relationship with Curley. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it wasn't her fault. My conclusion is that I think she is innocent because of previous points that I have made and stated. ...read more.

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