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'Of mice and men'. Write a detailed character analysis in prose about Curley's wife, using evidence from the text to support your study.

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Write a detailed character analysis in prose about Curley's wife, using evidence from the text to support your study. Of all the characters presented to us in Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", Curley's character is perhaps the most reflective of his body language. He is frequently seen adopting a hostile fighter-like stance, "He stiffened and went into a slight crouch". His body language shows the reader how aggressive and unfriendly Curley is - before he has even said anything. This is shown further by the "calculating and pugnacious" expression on his face when confronting George and Lennie, which illustrates his callous nature, due to the fact he judges people on appearance. The reader can also infer that Curley's aggressiveness is used to make up for his small build. ...read more.

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However, George sees through Curley's act and isn't intimated which is shown when he replies "coldly". This shows the reader that Curley's hostility only frightens the weak minded and concretises the fact that his personality is only a charade. Similarly to George, Candy also reveals a lot about Curley's character. We learn that Curley's source of violence, germinates from the ring when Candy states "He's a lightweight". This gives us the impression that Curley is trying to emulate the power he has on the ring in front of George and Lennie. Also, during Candy's conversation with George, we learn of Curley's nervous and stressed mindset when it is said that "Curley's pants is full of ants". This supports the fact that Curley isn't all he makes himself out to be and also that he has other worries on his mind such as his wife. ...read more.

Conclusion

This loneliness symbolises how his morally and personally stunted and demonstrates how he needs to act tough in order to disguise this. On the other hand, Curley does have some dominance over his wife seeing as she is referred to as "Curley's wife" illustrating the power men had over women at the time. Furthermore Curley expects his wife to be at home at all times tending to the cooking and cleaning while he is out on the ranch. This exemplifies the typical patriarchal values invested in men at the time. Curley's character also shows the audience the flaws in the American Dream; Curley is married and is the heir to a ranch, but yet he is still worried and unhappy shown by his self protective nature, giving the reader a valuable insight into the failings of individuals during the depression of the 1930s in American. Dilan Pathmajothy 11S ...read more.

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