Curley's Wife - Tasty Tempress Or Innocent Victim? Essay

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Temptress:(n) a woman who sets out to allure or seduce a man or men; seductress - Word English Dictionary. Curley’s wife is a character of wide complex and diversity. Her role slowly unwinds and develops throughout the course of the novel, constantly changing the reader’s opinion of her due to her ambiguous characteristics. The essay I’m writing explores and analyses Curley’s wife’s complexity as we read further into who she really is; showing insights as to how she’s presented and developed. The reader’s first impression of Curley's wife. The reader's first of the terrible temptress is that Curley’s Wife is a beautiful woman who constantly shows off her beauty to the men on the ranch. She dresses inappropriately for a woman married to the boss's son. She is always looking to be the centre of attention. As the men are working on the fields all day Curley’s Wife has nothing to do but hang around. Her own way of solving this problem was to become flirtatious. This meant talking to the men more and wearing more makeup to get their attention. Curley’s Wife is portrayed through her appearance, conversations with other characters, and what other characters say about her. Curley’s Wife’s appearance and actions around the ranch workers portrays her to be trampy. She is “heavily made up”, has a red cotton house dress on, “full rouged lips”, red slippers with ostrich feathers, and “her hair hung in little rolled clusters”. This means she is making an effort to impress the ranch workers in the barn. She needs to be heavily made up to look attractive to get the attention of the ranch workers. Even Slim refers to here as "good lookin’” and he’s one of the nicer guys on the ranch. This suggests that the male characters regard her only as eye candy. This is because she appears to be a vixen on the prowl for unnecessary masculine company.Curley’s Wife asks about where her husband

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