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The Character of Curley's Wife - Of Mice and Men

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Introduction

Farhana Islam During the 1930s woman were in great depression due to them being controlled by their husbands or another man. The females in 1930 first lived with their family then married living with her husband. Women had no right to share their opinion on what?s right just to listen to the man of the family. The females in 1930s job were to cook clean and love the husband; they didn?t work or live a dream. In the 1930s many people wanted to live the American dream but this had been spoilt for nearly all female and some male because of poverty, but it also was mainly ruined for females because back then men rule and thought they were always right. In modern day everyone is treated equally by the government but some women are still being treated by their husband like how it back in the 1930s. On the ranch there is a woman referred to as ?Curley?s Wife? throughout the book she is portrayed in a negative way. She lived in a society where woman had no rights. Her identity could show that she is not treated as a person but rather a possession of her husband?s which is very sexist. ...read more.

Middle

Steinbeck wrote that she ?she put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward? in my opinion this is suggesting that she is a flirtatious character and likes to throw herself on the guys on the ranch and her sexuality is her only weapon to gain attention. Her appearance and actions seems to make Candy?s description right about her after her appearing in the novella. A reason for Steinbeck portraying to the colour red may be to foreshadowing the blood that was to be seen at the end. Curley?s wife attracts all the guys in the ranch. She uses the excuse that she is looking for Curley to talk to the guys. She does wear red lipstick; the colour red is again used as a symbol because it?s a primary colour therefore a lot of children are attracted to it because of the brightness in the colour. It attracts Lennie as he has a 4 year olds mind that can?t control his feeling but still stops and stares at Curley?s wife. He says that ?she?s purty? very defensively (pg35). On the other hand George doesn?t like her at all. ...read more.

Conclusion

Curley?s wife came across as a trampy flirtatious character but this opinion changes when she is in the barn with Lennie opening up her feelings which showed us that she wasn?t just a tramp but a woman who had a dream, it also showed us that she was lonely like the other characters in the novella. Steinbeck made her into a character a sensitive hopeful and made herself into a normal human being and also a very weak female. Curley?s wife dreamt of being an actress and said "Coulda been in the movies, and had nice clothes". This is showing that Curley?s wife is very upset about the way her is life is at the moment. In conclusion I think Curley?s wife is one of the strongest but loneliest characters in the book because after everything she has been through with her mother, Curley and being alone she didn?t open up to anyone except Lennie, but he kills her at the end because of his unknown strength. I also think Lennie did Curley?s wife a favor because she was moaning about her terrible life to him like she wanted it to end. Steinbeck portrayed Curley?s wife as an interesting and complex character to make the reader more curious on the way she is shown. ...read more.

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