• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Of Mice and Men: In a letter .John Steinbeck Wrote of Curleys wife: Shes a nice girl and not a floozy. Discuss and explain your own impression of Curleys wife.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Task ?Of Mice and Men?: In a letter .John Steinbeck Wrote of Curley?s wife: ?She?s a nice girl and not a floozy.? Discuss and explain your own impression of Curley?s wife. In ?Of Mice and Men? John Steinbeck describes Curley?s wife as a character of many contradictions she is shown as both a nice girl and a floozy; lonely yet vindictive; Motherly but also seductive. In this essay I will try to discuss both of her sides. Throughout the novel Curley?s wife acts and dresses as a floozy; in the very beginning when we first see her she is dressed up nice and has her nails painted red which in those days was a sign of danger, she dresses in very good quality clothes and takes care of herself much more then she should as she is in a ranch full of men and has chores as all the women those days had. She spends too much time on her appearance, in the novel it says she has rouge lips, hair in little sausages, and not only is she dressed very nice, she also acts very seductive by showing off her womanly parts ?she put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so her body was thrown forward?. ...read more.

Middle

When she enters Crook?s room she acts very malicious. She insults the men when she says ?They left all the weak ones here.? This is really hurtful mainly because the men are different Candy is old and is excluded from the men because he has no more use and is not fun to the men anymore; Crooks is excluded because he is black and in the 1930?s people were very racist, and Lennie is excluded because he?s simple and does not have any fun and does not really understand the men themselves. She keeps on insulting them by saying ?Sat?iday night. Everybody out doin? som?pin?. Standin? here talkin? to a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an? dum-dum and a lousy old sheep- an? likin? it because they ain?t nobody else? here she is very upset because she know were the men went which means that the relationship between Curley and his wife is very bad because he rather go to the bruffeles than stay in with his wife which means that there relation needs more intimacy as well. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whatta they think I am anyways?? this show that she has lived her whole life on the ranch not talking to anybody only her husband and she like all young people like to walk around and talk to people but the only way she can do this is acting tartly so that people would pay attention people are scared to talk to her only because she is the wife of the bosses son. Also she is very unhappy because her dream has never came true ?he says he was gonna put me in the movies? she has lived and relied on this dream always and has been trying to live it by dressing nice and caring about her looks, she only married Curley so she would have more freedom to fulfill it and it has never came true. I think that John Steinbeck was successful to present Curleys wife as a nice girl because the floozy inside her was only something like a mask she had to wear all day so she would get the attention she wants and needs and something that as soon disappeared as soon as it came when she died ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

This essay clearly considers different interpretations of Curley's wife's character and finds evidence to support both sides of the argument outlined in the title.
At times there needs to be more specific analysis of structure and language and how certain choices affect how the reader responds to the presentation of Curley's wife.

4 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 20/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE John Steinbeck essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Steinbeck present ...

    5 star(s)

    The reader also sees Crooks make Lennie and some other characters aware of the little rights he has. 'You ain't got a right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right here but me'; this was said sharply reflecting the irritation of Lennie being in the barn.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How is Curley's Wife presented in 'Of Mice and Men'? Do you find her ...

    3 star(s)

    and flimsy excuses to be with the men in their quarters contribute to the rancher's view of her as a "tramp." George quickly joins them in their hatred for her. He insults her, (" I bet she'd clear out for twenty bucks")

  1. OF MICE AND MEN " CURLEY(TM)S WIFE DIARY ENTRY

    I later married him because I wanted to get away from my mother under my own roof. Which proves the hasty marriage to Curley was a failure attempt to escape from my loneliness. Now I realise marrying curley was the wrong thing to do.

  2. Prejudice Within The Novel Of Mice And Men.

    " 'Listen, Nigger', she said." You know what I can do to you if you open you trap'" She abuses her position and has no respect for him at all, she doesn't even refer to him by his name, looking down on him with utter contempt and disdain.

  1. Of Mice And Men - Curley's Wife's Letter.

    I don't talk to no fat lipped nigger! Anyways the boys start work early morning and finish late afternoon, they all go back to the bunkhouse and most times play cards. Sometimes Curley and all the boys have a horseshoe tournament going on, I don't like it when that happens cause I'm all on my own in the

  2. 'Of Mice And Men' - Curley's wife in many ways is the most sympathetic ...

    But because of her reputation for being a flirt, the men try to avoid her. "Maybe you better go along to your own house now. We don't want no trouble." (pg 77) The one and only thing Curley's Wife desires is attention.

  1. Free essay

    George letter mice and men

    Then I opened my mouth n' started moaning about how the driver lied to us about the distance n' Lennie had to ask me where we were going, I couldn't believe it I was so annoyed, but I reminded Lennie about when we got our jobs n' our work cards, and Lennie looks in his pocket for his.

  2. How does Steinbeck present the relationship between George and Lennie in

    George fails to acknowledge or appreciate it. Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men admit about their dreams at different stages of life. Before her death, Curley's wife confesses her desire to be a movie star. Crooks, bitter as he is, allows himself the pleasant fantasy of tidy

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work