Curley's Wife Analysis

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How is Curley’s wife presented and developed? The character we’ll be analysing in this essay derives from a book written by Steinbeck called ‘Of Mice and Men’. This book was written during the Great Depression in the 1930s and Steinbeck relates the life of the characters featured in the book to the life during that time of struggle. In this particular analysis, we’ll be focusing on Curley’s wife. When we first meet Curley’s wife, Steinbeck makes her appear very flirtatious and dangerously beautiful. Steinbeck does this by giving her features that are very atrocious but yet lures you such as ‘full, rouged lips’, ‘red fingernails’, and ‘red mules’. The word ‘red’ symbolises many associations with sex, lust and seduction. Another quote that would question the reader would be, ‘She’s a jailbait.’ From this quote alone, it evokes the reader of suspicion that she could be the ticket to jail as well as being an object that would foreshadow later in the book. In addition to the previous paragraph, we also know that Curley’s wife is a married woman, a possession of Curley’s. Perhaps Steinbeck does not give the wife a name throughout the book because during the 1930s, women were regarded as a sign of possession, an object or a personal belonging. This affects the reader by thinking Curley’s wife was nothing more than a sexual tool for Curley. Her character is symbolic to women in the 1930’s which contrasts to the women today and how much respect there is for women now. During the time of sorrow, many people had an imaginable dream to accomplish. Like any other American during the Great Depression, one of these people was Curley’s wife. We are acknowledged by the fact that she is the only woman on the ranch. She says in the book, “You think I like being on the ranch?’, ‘Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes…’sat in them big hotels’.” These quotes relate to
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