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Of Mice and Men

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'Of Mice and Men' Essay Essay topic: Does Steinbeck Condemn or Condone Curley's wife? In 'Of Mice and Men', the writer Steinbeck both condemns and condones Curley's wife in different ways. Steinbeck does this by giving the readers the description of Curley's wife's appearance, actions, her dialogue to others and what others characters say about her. Steinbeck condemns Curley's wife in many ways. Firstly, the writer condemns her by giving the reader a view of her through the men's eyes which is just a "tart". One example of this when George and Lennie first arrive at the ranch, Candy warns them about Curley's wife by saying "she got the eye." ...read more.

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But she goes further she removes Crooks' pride and dignity by calling him a "nigger" and says "You know what I could do." Here, anyone would feel threaten and powerless by it. Steinbeck goes further when he starts the novel by not even giving Curley's wife a name. Steinbeck also condones Curley's wife in many ways. Firstly, the writer shows her loneliness when she comes to Crooks' door when all the men are in town. She knows that Curley has gone to the brothel and knows she doesn't have anyone to talk to but Curley who talks about "what he's gonna do to guys he don't like." ...read more.

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But Lennie tells her that he's not allowed to talk to her. So she cries out "What's the matter with me?" and says "Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody?" She then adds "Seems like they ain't none of them cares how I gotta live." Steinbeck goes further when she is dead by giving a description of her dead body to make the reader see her as a victim of her own life. "She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young." In conclusion, Steinbeck does condemn and condone Curley's wife at the same time. This is because; the writer wants to balance the 'good' side and 'bad' side of Curley's wife. ...read more.

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