Curley's Wife In Chapter 2

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Curley's Wife - Chapter 2 This chapter introduces all of the other characters to feature in the novel. One of the characters we meet in Chapter 2 is Curley's wife. In chapter two, Candy specifically tells George and Lennie about Curly's wife. The first thing he tells them is that she has made Curley even cockier than he was before he got married: "Seems like Curley is cockier'n ever since he got married." Candy also tells them that she's "Purty," but more importantly, that she's "got the eye." She likes to look at other men; Candy says he's seen her look at Slim, for instance, and Carlson, too. Candy sums up his comments about Curly's wife by concluding: "Well, I think Curley's married....a tart." Candy thinks Curley's wife likes to flirt and fool around with other men when Curley's not looking. This may well be true, of course, but there is more to her than what Candy sees. She is an uneducated, foolish woman trapped in a man's world. We see her in person, later in the chapter, when she appears at the bunkhouse door. "She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red ... She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers." Her description is a warning to us. The colour ‘red’ is used this could be symbolic of blood, danger and sex. She is also wearing exotic clothing, ‘ostrich feathers’ to walk around in the barn. This is provocative, again adding to her "tart" reputation. " She leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward." This shows that she is a flirt, and enjoys teasing the men on the ranch with her sexual taunting. "Lennie's eyes moved down her body, and though she did not seem to be looking at Lennie she bridled a little." This shows that although she may not directly acknowledge the fact that she

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