Curley’s Wife: Floozy or Innocent Girl?
Curley’s wife is a young, pretty woman, who is mistrusted by her husband, Curley. The other characters refer to her only as ‘Curley's wife,’ which is significant as she is the only character in the novel without a name. She is a simple object or possession belonging to her husband and this shows the severity of the sexual discrimination in America in 1930s. I believe Steinbeck would have thought of her not as a person but a symbol. Almost everyone on the ranch is lonely and she symbolises this. The audience would come to believe she is a weak isolated character however, the men are fearful of her. She is the wife of their boss. She has power and this power creates fear among the ranch workers. She is both in charge and screaming for attention. When we first meet Curley’s wife, the description of her suggests she is clearly overdressed for life on a ranch. ‘Her fingernails were red’ and she wore ‘red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.’ The repetition of the red suggests danger. This could be a warning about trouble in the future. Danger creates fear and the workers on the ranch definitely fear her. She has the power to dismiss them from their jobs or even have them lynched as she is the boss’s wife. This ‘Miss Dynamite’ image is supported by the fact that George thinks she will be trouble. He calls her a ‘tramp’, ‘poison’ and tells Lennie (who has taken a shine to her) to ‘leave her be’. He sees her as a threat and doesn’t want Lennie to get involved with someone who could potentially lose them their jobs. The audience begins to dislike this woman. This highlights the prejudice against women at the time. She comes across as a confident flirt when in company due to her body language. The first description of her includes ‘..so that her body was thrown forward’. This gesture suggests that she almost throws herself at men. George called her a ‘tramp’ and her actions are beginning to...
...English Homework – Section B Exam Questions Zeinab Dafalla
I HAVE USED MY NOTES TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS
Part A) What methods does Steinbeck use to present Curley’swife?
In the passage the first words that Steinbeck uses are that “Both men glanced up,” and through this we are introduced to Curley’swife through her effect on men and not through any notion of herself, which Steinbeck does to show us she is only worthy for the use of men. Not so long after in the sentence we are told “the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway way cut off.” Here, Steinbeck uses the light symbolically to highlight how imposing she is and present the idea that she is the obstacle to a better life. It soon becomes apparent that Curley’swife is an outsider of the group when it states, “A girl was standing there looking in.” which is a metaphor for the isolation she feels. It could be reflective of the gender roles at the time; women were only wanted for men’s sexual desires rather than their company. One could also interpret it as how similarly to a ‘girl’, (which she ironically is no longer), she is seeking attention and wishes all eyes to be on her by standing in the view of everyone and could be seen as trying to listen in on their conversation – both very childish manoeuvres.
...John introduced us to a character called Curley'swife, she plays a complex and misfit character as she got so many different sides to her, as sometimes the reader feels sympathetic and unsympathetic about her. John Steinbeck's novel of Mice and Men is an example of how the reader's perception of a character can change without the character actually changing.
Steinbeck uses many different techniques to presentCurley'swife such as colour imagery, appearance, metaphors and similes in the early stages of the novel. The effect of these techniques is that the reader creates a mental image of Curley'swife even before she even enters the novel.
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."
Steinbeck portrays her in a horrible manner; he shows her as unintelligent and unimportant figures. Curley'swife is a prime example of how Steinbeck presents women; she is the most prominent woman in the book, so there are more citations about her.
She uses the fact she is a vulnerable female against Crooks and is very racist towards him. ‘Well you keep your trap shut then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.’ This is...
... Why is Curley’swife never given a personal name?
Names have been an important facet of society for as long as Homo sapiens have existed. A name is defined as “a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity.” In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck teaches a lesson about the nature of human existence and shows how grim and isolated people become without hope. Steinbeck neglects to address Curley’s wife’s character by name in order to emphasize her position as a literary element and provide commentary on society in the time period during which he lived.
Curley’swife is never named because Steinbeck wished to emphasize the ubiquitous dislike of her throughout the farm. Whilst reading the novella, it is implied that no one on the farm likes Curley’swife. However, there isn’t necessarily a flaw in her personality from which this aversion to her stems. The characters avoid interaction with her because they fear retribution from her possessive, short-tempered husband. The men on the farm begin to foster hatred toward her because her constant need for attention puts their livelihoods in danger. The men can’t ever get too familiar with her because they are distanced by the fact that she is Curley’swife. Steinbeck constantly reminds the readers and the characters in the book of this fact by...
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck creates characters that play important roles throughout the story that contribute to themes and connect readers to an overall focus. Curley’swife, a minor, but significant character in the story, contributes to the theme and is partly responsible for Lennie’s death. Her sinful actions and petty personality make her a character that isn’t respected by others and is known for being trouble around the ranch. Disregarding her flirtations ways and overall self-absorbance, her dreams of a promising future are destroyed. Her gaudy appearance and constant search for Curley makes the men on the ranch view her as a cheater and inappropriate woman. However, after hearing her story, some of her actions have justice and readers reach some sympathy for her position as Curley’swife. Being self-absorbed and lonely, Curley’swife contributes significantly to the overall theme and story Of Mice and Men.
Living on a vegetable field in California isn’t something to brag about. The climate is hot and dry and the conditions on the ranch aren’t pleasant. When others wear denim overalls and old fashioned dirty hats, Curley’swife never fails to make her appearance known, “She had...wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her...
...mice When John Steinbeck wrote of mice and men, he showed there was a lot of inequality during the 1930’s. This essay shall attempt to portray the inequality of women in Steinbeck’s novel.
George the main character of the story, first sets his eyes on Curley’swife, his initial impression of her is that he has “never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her” (Steinbeck 2006 p36). In the novel Curley’swife is a beautiful woman who constantly shows her beauty to the men on the ranch. She dresses inappropriately for a woman married to the boss’s son. “She had full, roughed lips and wide spaced eyes, her fingernails are red and her hair hangs in little rolled clusters, like sausages”. (p34 Steinbeck 2006). Curley’swife always wanders around the ranch in search for someone to talk to. However, the ranch workers stay wary of her as they believe she will only give them trouble. Curley’swife is isolated, self absorbed and a dreamer.
Curley doesn’t seem to have any respect for his wife at all, Candy tells George (Steinbeck p30) why Curley wears only one glove on his hand which is soaked in Vaseline so it is kept soft for his wife and George finds this disgusting. This is degrading to her as she is just there for his pleasure. She is just a wife who is a trophy to...
17 December 2013
Curley’sWife: A Deeper Insight
Curley’swife is stuck living on a ranch with no other women during the Great Depression. She is called many names such as “tart”, but she is never given a formal name besides Curley’swife. Although Curley’swife acts promiscuous and mean, she is actually suffering from loneliness.
In Of Mice and Men, Curley’swife is defined as Curley’swife and nothing more than that. Living on a ranch with all men, her husband rarely even acknowledges her; they spend all their time looking for each other. Curley does not allow her to speak with the other men, and they reject her every time. When she attempts to talk or flirt with them, she is quickly rejected. None of the men want any trouble with Curley. Having no one else, the men on the ranch are the only people she can confide in. She even says,”Standin’ here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs- a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep- an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.’(Steinbeck 78) This quote explains how lonely and desperate she is for company. She is disgusted by the three men, but likes them much better than being by herself. She is also quick to...
...How does Steinbeck present Curley’swife to the reader? What is her importance in the novel?
The novel “Of Mice and Men” written by John Steinbeck is about people who were following their dreams in such difficult times in the 1930s. These were the times of the Great Depression in the United States, which was the effect of the First World War. By 1933, more than 15 million workers had lost their jobs. Unemployment caused with it poverty hunger and homelessness. Businesses as well as banks went bust and people had lost their lifetime savings, it was a difficult time for all people. Social settings of the novel are important to the readers as the whole scenario is about people who believed in the “American Dream”. The American dream was the idea that America was a place where everyone could make a fresh start and could reach security. For most people this dream never happened, e.g. Curley’swife. People were going miles away from their hometowns to try to find this ideal place where everything is perfect.
Curley’swife was a character in the novel, which was presented as a young naive girl, who was able to do everything to make her dreams come true. Steinbeck does not say in the book what her name is, this could be due to the fact that she was the only female character that appears in the whole novel and not knowing her name, could help readers to...
...Character Analysis Essay for Of Mice and Men
By Nutchayada Suwanwong 5580052
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, Curley’swife stands out as one of the main characters. Curley’swife though has no name, or the name has not been mentioned in the novel at least. Despite her unknown name, she reveals herself as a very outstanding character with her actions, manners, thoughts and feelings in the plot. Throughout the story, Curley’swife is flirtatious. It can be witnessed in the way she dresses, moves her body, as well as the way men who work in the ranch criticize her. She is also cruel especially in front of the weak ones; Crooks, Candy, and Lennie. Lastly, she is ambitious and full of hope. This is evident when she talks to Lennie about her dream of becoming a superstar. This essay will show that Curley’swife possesses the three qualities mentioned above. They will be supported with events and examples to demonstrate the uniqueness of her qualities. These qualities will also be linked to the theme or the significance of the novel.
Firstly, Steinbeck introduces her with flirtatious character. Curley’swife is described as an attractive woman with “full, rouged lips, and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up”. She often presents herself before the men...