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What do we learn about the role played by Curley's wife in "of mice and men".

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What do we learn about the role played by Curley's wife in "of mice and men" Curley's wife is a very interesting character. As the sole woman in the novel she could be said to represent her gender. However, few readers would regard her in a positive manner. Even before she appears in the novel, readers are given a negative impression of her as a sexual promiscuous character. Her role in the novel allows Steinbeck to develop he's central themes such as loneliness and dreams. In society women are terribly degraded by men's comments and actions. They are victims of prejudiced, which leads to loneliness. "she got the eye goin' all the time on everybody. I bet she gives the stable buck the eye...". Curley's wife is never referred to anything but "Curley's wife". This symbolises that she is thought of as he's property. None of the men speak very highly of her they all think in their words that she is "Jail bait". ...read more.


"She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward". She needs friends and people to talk to, but everyone turns her away. Curley is jealous and treats her like his possession to be guarded, she feels frustrated. "What's the matter with me? "Ain't I got the right to talk to nobody?" Desperate to satisfy her need for belonging and love, she turns to strangers such as Lennie, the only person that she feels she can talk to. She hints at her loneliness when she says, "Seems like they ain't none of them cares how i gotta live," Her aggravation and frustration about being lonely is being released, and she may be free from loneliness because she has finally released most of her feelings and emotions before her death. Loneliness is a large aspect of the novel. Different characters deal with it in different ways. When Curley's wife opens up to Lennie the readers sympathise with her. "Well I ain't told this to nobody before..." ...read more.


Even if she wasn't murdered, she was stuck in a rut with Curley, a rut that would have gone round and round in until he left her for a new woman, or she finally built up the courage to leave him. The first description of Curley's wife is described very differently from how Steinbeck describes her at the end of the novel. Steinbeck's first description is very sharp and harsh. "She had full roughed lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up..." Steinbeck describes her to be a tart; he wants the readers to think that she looks like a prostitute. When Curley's wife is murdered he's description is changed. "she was very pretty, simple and her face was sweet and young". This description was given after her death, there is a hidden meaning to why I think Steinbeck did this. He wants the readers to understand that the description that was given earlier in the novel was what everyone thought of her, it was like a mask she had on. Her real personality and her real self were only discovered before she died. Sehrish Tariq 11.O ...read more.

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