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The two characters that are important in the novel "of Mice of Men" are Curleys wife and Crooks.

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Essay of Mice of men Choose two characters from the list below and say why you think they are important in the novel and how Steinbeck presents them. (Curley's wife and Crooks). The two characters that are important in the novel of Mice of Men are Curley's wife and Crooks. Curley's wife is a pivotal character. Her hasty marriage to Curley proves to be failed attempt to escape from her own spiral of loneliness. Further, his failure to satisfy her, either emotionally or physically, leads her to seek solace with the other men, even those at the bottom of the social hierarchy of the ranch. Because of the circumstances of her own isolation, Curley's wife cannot escape from the sexual image that the other men have of her. She therefore cultivates this image as a means of being noticed, to talk to someone, and as a mean of defence. ...read more.


We first hear about Curley's Wife when Candy describes her to George. Candy uses expressions such as "she got the eye" and goes on to describe her as looking at other men before eventually calling her a "tart." Through Candy's words, we develop an initial perception of Curley's Wife as flirtatious and even promiscuous. This perception is further emphasized by Curley's Wife's first appearance in the novel. Steinbeck uses light symbolically to show that she can be imposing when he writes, "The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off." Her physical appearance of "full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made- up", as well as painted fingernails and elaborate hair, further build on our preconceptions. She both talks and acts playfully and flirtatiously in front of the other ranch workers. Through her physical appearance and her own actions, Candy's description of Curley's Wife seems accurate after her first appearance in the text. ...read more.


She allows Lennie to touch her hair when he tells her about his likings for soft things. Ignorant of Lennie's idiosyncrasies, she is killed in a tragic accident when he refuses to let go of her and breaks her neck. Our feelings for Curley's Wife at this stage in the novel are entirely sympathetic. Curley's Wife remains consistent throughout the text. However our opinions of her change. We first think of her as a tart and a flirt who refuses to by her husband's side. As we hear more of her own words, we begin to feel a lot more sympathy for her. We are never told her name. To the men she is always the property of Curley and, because of this, should not stray from him. Her dreams were shattered by marriage and her relatively young life cut short by her desire for human contact. Steinbeck has created a character for us to feel sympathetic towards. ...read more.

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