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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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.

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Marked by teacher Laura Gater 20/05/2013

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