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Of mice and men - Examine Steinbeck’s presentation of Curley’s wife - Does this character, in your opinion, deservepity or contempt?

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  • Submitted: 16/10/2003
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GCSE John Steinbeck

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Examine Steinbeck's presentation of Curley's wife. Does this character, in your opinion, deserve pity or contempt?

Curley's wife is one of the most significant characters in John Steinbeck's novel "Of mice and men," although we never learn her name.

We learn about her through her own words and actions and also through other characters' descriptions and opinions of her.

Before Curley's wife makes her first appearance, she is introduced to us through Candy's opinion of her. He tells George that, although she has only been married to Curley for two weeks, she has already "got the eye." He also describes he as "a tart" that has been flirting with both Slim and Carlson.

Curley's wife's first appearance is dramatic. She suddenly appears in the open doorway, cutting off the bright sunlight, as if she has brought the darkness with her. The reader is already influenced by Candy's description of her so that when Steinbeck describes her as having "full rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up" we see this as confirmation of her being "a tart." Equally, it could simply mean that she takes pride in her appearance and tries to

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