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The character of Curley's Wife in "Of Mice and Men".

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Of Mice and Men Essay Of Mice and Men is not among those novellas that portray women respectively. Curley?s Wife is the character I am referring to in this novel. Of Mice and Men is a vibrant example of how the reader?s perception of a character can develop and change throughout the course of the novel, without the character altering. The first impression, obtained by the reader is that Curley?s Wife is flirtatious and acts exceedingly licentious. The reader receives this reaction after Candy uses expressions such as ?tart? and ?I seen her give Slim the eye? to describe her to George. The start of the novel gives a strong indication the Curley?s Wife is a superfluous person. Nevertheless, as the novel reaches its climatic end, the reader develops a more compassionate felling towards Curley?s wife. Ultimately, the reader gets the feeling that Curley?s Wife is not as bad as first expressed, particularly when she opens up to Lennie and shares her secrets, including the fact that she ?doesn?t like Curley.? Steinbeck uses authoritative and enthralling imagery to precisely and efficiently illustrate the appearance of Curley?s wife. ?She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up? is a prime example of this, in (Section 2, Page 53). Steinbeck ingeniously uses light allegorically to show that she can be imposing when he writes, "The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off." ...read more.


Steinbeck uses foreshadowing to generate influential suspense for the reader. George noticeably states, in the beginning of the novel, that Lennie is always getting into mishaps. ?You do bad things and I got to get you out.? Linking back to the opening scenes of the novel, the predicament in Weed, which forced both George and Lennie to escape, involved both a girl and Lennie. Taking into account that Curley?s Wife is the only woman on the ranch and connecting ends with ends, there is a dramatic and powerful sense of insecurity between these two people. Subsequently, there is an insinuation that Curley?s Wife was going to die by the hands of Lennie. This is for the reason that, Lennie (earlier on in the novel) killed both a mouse and a puppy, which could only be imply that a greater death shall happen. Steinbeck demonstrates Curley?s Wife as ?unwanted? when it comes to relationships. Curley?s Wife shares an unenthusiastic and loveless relationship with her husband. ?You seen that glove on his left hand? Well, that glove's fulla Vaseline, Curley says he's keepin' that hand soft for his wife? is a primary example of this. This quote personifies the fact that Curley only wants a sexual relationship with his wife, and uses her for intimate means only. Additionally, Curley?s Wife is not highly admired among the ranch workers. ?Tart? and ?Jailbait? are just two of the many words used by the ranch workers to describe Curley?s Wife. ...read more.


John Steinbeck shows a key connection in the relationship between Curley?s Wife and Lennie. Curley's wife is a lot like Lennie in numerous ways; both are alone, controlled by those around them, not trusted because of what they are like and have dreams that they really wants to come true. We feel sorry for them because we can see that they desperately want to try and break free from the life they are caught up in, but George keeps Lennie behind, and Curley keeps his wife behind. They end up confiding in each other as the novel comes to an end. ?Well, I ain?t told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughten to...? When Curley?s Wife?s she says these words to Lennie in the barn, the reader realises that this is the first time Curley?s Wife has opened up to anyone. This results in the reader thinking that Curley?s Wife trusts Lennie. In conclusion, my opinion is that Curley?s Wife does seek attention; however this is only because she has been dispossessed of attention throughout her life. Her unwilling marriage to Curley, the fact that she could not accomplish her dream and her having a lack of friends and reverence made me feel regretful about my first impression of her. Steinbeck presents Curley?s Wife in an apathetic way which robustly influences the reader?s image of her. Nevertheless, as the novel reaches its end this negative feeling received by the reader soon changes into that of commiseration. Steinbeck has created a character for us to feel sympathetic towards. ...read more.

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