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.
Compare the way that Lady Macbeth, the protagonist of The Laboratory, Havisham and one poem of your choice are presented. Lady Macbeth, the protagonist in The Laboratory, Miss Havisham and the woman in the Battered Doll are portrayed as either physically or physiologically damaged causing the audience to be intrigued by their actions, creating a form of entertainment causing the audience to react differently depending whether it was a modern audience or not. The authors present their characters as damaged women using men as a catalyst to ignite their strong emotions towards them. This creates the theme of female dominance, death and a pinch of vulnerability. The result of the actions they have committed or what has been done to them, they react similarly but at different approaches, creating an idea of violence.
'Curley's wife is a very complex character because she is presented in different personalities at different chapters and in this chapter we see that she desires freedom and fame. Steinbeck presents her in such way that or opinion of her changes through out the novel, first we see her as a flirt then we see her presented in a horrible racist personality and now Steinbeck presents her as Innocent. Steinbeck did this because at this chapter where she dies it's like he wants us to feel sympathy for her because not that she is dead her problems are gone and there is not need for attentions because now she looks relaxed laying down on the hay. The language used in this chapter is very descriptive especially the part when Curley's wife dies, this might be because at the time
However Lennie also has an antagonistic side to his character, mainly because of his actions throughout the novel. The fact that we have a character stating this from rumours, means that the writer is in-fact giving a biased opinion, and expressing his opinion through Candy. “… An’I seen her give Carlson the eye.” Curley’s wife has been appalled with Curley so much; her discontent is
She certainly did not “pass in silence without matching wits”(292) with Swift. She gives him a taste of his own medicine. While Montagu’s retort was humorous and insulting, she seemed to miss the point that Swift was trying to portray. She merely counterattacked him for writing such a disgraceful poem. It went right over her head that Swift was trying to say that everyone has at least a few less-than-winsome qualities or that the reason he used a female character was only to emphasize this fact, to show that, while men may put women on pedestals, that does not
This is an early indication of his firm disapproval of, bordering on disgust at, Curley’s wife. Later in the extract he dismisses her as a “tramp” and reinforce the idea that she is little more than an object to be owned by stating “So that’s what Curley picks for a wife.” Lennie, in contrast, is more ‘appreciative’ with his “fascinated” eyes that “moved down over her body” causing Curley’s wife to subconsciously react: “she bridled a little”. Unlike George, he falls for her
This is seen when Steinbeck repeats red colour ‘Her fingernails were red’ and ‘red ostrich feathers’. Red colour has the connotation of love, passion and danger. The use of red colour with curley’s wife enforce the reader to think about her life as she have no love in her life, her passion, being an actress, died and she can be dangerous for Lennie because he is only one who is attracted towards her. Moreover, Steinbeck has also used simple short sentence ‘Her figure nails were red’ to put emphasis on the colour red and to keep the readers engaged by portraying his
This woman uses mental and emotional harassment to attempt at getting what she desires. Curley’s wife is repeatedly displayed as a tart. Her overly flirtatious personality leads to her inevitable peril. Steinbeck uses this character to represent a different type of person who attacks emotionally and physically in unique ways. One example of her harassment is displayed when she meets George and Lennie on the first day of their arrival.
In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck portrays Curley’s wife as an evil women, when really she is not. She is more so a lost soul. Some argue that her flirtatious personality and how trouble always tends to find her often leaves her with a confusing background, portraying her as evil. Defining someone as evil is saying that they have bad morals and that they are wicked. Curley’s wife is definitely not evil.
Then Laertes says, in “Sadness and torment, suffering, hell itself—she makes them almost pretty.” (Act lV, Scene V). In addition to this conclusion, I've had past experiences where if you have no one to go to for help, a stranger might do just the right thing, for example like some teachers that i wouldn't know would give me advice. Adding to this, in Act lll, Scene ll Ophelia says to Hamlet “You get better in your jokes and worse in your manners.” (Act lll, Scene ll) After he has made a sexual comment towards her knowing that he was mocking her. She stood up for herself an actually got a chance to say what she is thinking, I can relate to this because i feel like i do not have a power struggle, whatever is on my mind I will say it just like how Ophelia