In another sense Steinbeck highlights the danger in her appearance. There are hints of warning and danger from the red themed clothing and make-up she wears: “red ostrich feathers”, “rouged lips” and her fingernails “red”. Steinbeck uses this technique to hint to the reader that she has the make up of a dangerous and a character that is feared. Another way Steinbeck signals danger with Curley’s wife is how he almost tells the reader that trouble is coming. He does this as George tells Lennie to “hide in the brush” if there is any trouble; as soon as Steinbeck uses this he introduces Curley’s wife into the novella.
She often depends of men to lean on and protect her. She understands that sexual freedom does not fit the pattern of chaste behavior, which Blanche would be expected to conform. Characters: In the beginning of the play, Blanche Du Bois presents herself with an air of poise and elegance. However as the story progresses, Blanche, who is psychologically deluded about her beauty and attractiveness, reveals herself to be a neurotic and an alcoholic. Her flirtatious desires are split from her surface talk and behavior.
Steinbeck presents the character of Curley’s Wife as manipulative, however I feel he only does this to make us feel sympathy to Curley’s Wife and women in the 1930s. The fact that Curley’s wife has to be manipulative to get attention which she is so starved for does not kill any sympathy that the reader could have for her but drives it so that the reader is more sympathetic. I also feel that Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife as a reflection on men in the 1930s as they are manipulative yet despise Curley’s wife because she is manipulative; they do not realise that it is them that made her so in the first place Quote: Curly's wife is flirtatious throughout the book. Basically whenever she shows up she is flirtatious because this is all she has. Curly's wife is powerless in a masculine world, Steinbeck doesn't even give her a name; she is simply Curley's property.
It is meant to be entertaining and fun as opposed to encouraging rape, which some critics think. Although it does not encourage rape, it is still somewhat degrading to women in some aspects that will be discussed later in the analysis. In the first verse Thicke is saying that he does not understand why the girl can’t comprehend that he wants to get with her, so he starts thinking that perhaps there is something wrong with him that is not allowing him to read the girl’s actions. /Maybe I’m going blind/ Maybe I’m going deaf/ Maybe I’m out of my mind/. He then goes on to say that he is better than the man she was with before, and that her old man was trying too hard to keep her away from the fun and partying and he’s offering her a chance to set her free and be with him and be wild because that is what she is naturally accustomed to.
Instead of calling Curley’s wife by her name they say “Curley’s woman”, “a tart”, “the new kid and a jail bait”. If men talked to her more and started calling her by her name Curley’s wife wouldn’t flirt as much and would feel way more valuable than she did. She is first introduced by candy the swamper, who describes her from her perspective to George and Lennie. The fact that Curley’s wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a negative impression of Curleys wife before she even enter the section. Candy mentions that “she got the eye” suggesting that she is flirtatious and immoral, she flirts with other
Curley’s Wife Curley's wife is the most pathetic of the outsiders: unlike the others, even Lennie, she seems not to understand her limitations - or she refuses to admit them. She still dreams of what might have been, seeing herself as a potential film-star .Desperate for companionship which she doesn’t get from Curley, she flirts with the ranch-hands. They are uneasy about this, as they think her to be seriously promiscuous, and are fearful of Curley's reaction. She is misunderstood and the way she is introduced by Steinbeck is from the point of view of the workers so her image is marred and the audience have a slight dislike for her already. She is constantly objectified by the ranch workers who see her as nothing but a sexual object which we see as she is the target of name-calling from the ranch workers, being referred to as a “tart”, “loulou” and “tramp”.
Throughout the novel we see her in different ways, feeling fake to innocent and weak to provocative. I am going to be looking at the different ways the reader sees her and whether this effects our empathy for the character of Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife is first introduced in an interesting, yet possibly misleading way; ‘a girl was standing there looking in. she had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made-up. Her finger nails were red.
‘She had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up,’ which suggests that the author wanted us to presume the worst of her before she’d even spoken and we set ourselves up for her to be a character we feel a lot of resentment for. Steinbeck structures it this way so that as the novel develops and we read more into her personality, we can feel great sympathy
Ophelia as a character is extremely intriguing in her ambiguity. For an audience she presents a conundrum of whether or not we should empathise with, or despise her. As Helena Faucit Martin says that Ophelia is “greatly misunderstood”, this could be seen as true, due to her feelings and emotions have been cut-off from the world and that she cannot show any emotions, as she is stuck in a patriarchal world, which would makes some of the audience empathise with her. As Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson describes her as a “a strain of sad, sweet music, which comes floating by us on the wings of silence and night”, she can be seen as this because she sways the audience with her emotions and suicide, but at times this could be seen as quite wrong, as we the audience dislike her passivity, because she portrays women as too weak and passive. Her character presents an interesting challenge for an actor to play this character.
How Does Carol Ann Duffy Present Women in Mrs Aesop and Litany? In both Mrs Aesop and Litany Duffy presents women at quite different angles. In Mrs Aesop Duffy makes reference to women as blunt and constantly criticising, a trait that is very unusual for a feminist. Because of her jealousy she makes fun of his masculinity and insults him the sex was diabolical. Showing a stronger side to Mrs Aesop, but also a rather childish one.