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Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck Task: Say what happens on each of the three times we Curley's wife and what we learn about her.

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Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck Task: Say what happens on each of the three times we Curley's wife and what we learn about her. Curley's wife only appears three times throughout Of Mice and Men, even though she is a pivotal character in the story. The three times she appears are all small parts in the book, but are key scenes. They give us clues about her appearance, character and an insight into her life before she married Curley. The final time we see her is the vital scene where the plot comes together. The first time we see Curley's wife is chapter 2, where she visits the bunkhouse. Curley's wife enters the bunkhouse where Lennie and George are unpacking and George is telling Lennie where to go if he gets into trouble. Curley's wife comes in looking for her husband; she stands in the doorway provocatively trying to get attention from Lennie and George. George ignores Curley's wife, knowing what she is trying to do, but Lennie is instantly besotted with her. After Curley's wife doesn't get very far with Lennie and George she turns her attention to Slim and leaves the bunkhouse. This is only a short scene in the book, but we still learn a lot about Curley's wife. The fact that she is only ever referred to as Curley's wife suggests that she is only ever seen as the possession of Curley's and has no individuality of her own. ...read more.


When Crooks tells her to leave or he'll tell the boss not to let her in the barn any more she becomes angry and tells him not to open his mouth, she threatens that if he dose she will get him strung up on a tree. Curley's wife only leaves when she thinks the other ranch hands including, Curley have come back from town. Again in this scene we are shown that Curley's wife is a very lonely person and only wants someone to talk to well, I ain't givin you no trouble. Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever'once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time". She is also again shown to use her appearance to get attention, Her face was heavily made up. Her lips were slightly parted. She breathed strongly, as though she had been running". Curley's wife shows discontent in the life that she has now and a great dislike for her husband Curley, Sure I gotta husban'. You all seen him. Swell guy aint he?", I'm glad you bust up Curley a little bit. He got it comin' to him. Sometimes I'd like to bust him myself". She has this dislike for Curley because of his failure to satisfy her emotionally. Even though this scene is a gathering of the ranch misfits Curley's wife has a slight advantage over the others. This is because she has a superior social standing as a young white female, she uses this to threaten dominate the other misfits. ...read more.


Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it" I never got that letter". Also the fact that she let Lennie to stroke her hair after he told her that he killed his pup by stroking it shows that she lacks any common sense. Many of the characters show contempt for Curley's wife; they feel that she is a troublemaker. Candy calls her a tart and even when she is dead he says to her you god-damn tramp...Ever' body knowed you'd mess things up. You wasn't no good. You ain't no good now, you lousy tart". In my opinion I think that she deserves pity rather than contempt, because her husband is insensitive, possessive and aggressive. From the three times we see Curley's wife we can say that she is a pivotal character in the story. Because of her hasty marriage to the possessive Curley she has become lonely in her isolation. To try to escape from the loneliness she uses the sexual image the ranch hands have of her to gain attention from other people, even those at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The fact that she is known only as Curley's wife and is never called by her real name by ether the ranch hands or the author shows that she is seen only as a possession and is not treated as an individual. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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