Curleys Wife Essay

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How Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife in this passage above? Intro: In of mice and men, Curleys Wife is presented in many numerous ways. Steinbeck depicts Curley’s wife not as a villain, but rather as a victim. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. She's the only female character in the novel, and she's never given a name and is only referred to in reference to her husband. The men on the farm refer to her as a “tramp,” a “tart,” and a “looloo.” Dressed in fancy, feathered red shoes, she represents the temptation of female sexuality in a male-dominated world. She is a simple object or possession belonging to her husband and this shows the severity of the sexual discrimination in America in 1930s. I believe Steinbeck would have thought of her not as a person but a symbol. Almost everyone on the ranch is lonely and she symbolizes this. The audience would come to believe she is a weak isolated character however, the men are fearful of her. She is the wife of their boss. She has power and this power creates fear among the ranch workers. She is both in charge and screaming for attention. In this essay I’m going to explain and explore how Curley’s wife is present in this passage. When Steinbeck uses the word ‘girl’ to describe how Curley’s wife is. This suggest to the reader that she is not yet a woman because She is not seen as a woman and has no name, this shows she is Curley's property and does not have enough power to be called a woman. Instead, she is called a girl. ‘Leaned against the doorframe so that her body was thrown forward” this quote creates an image of her behavior in a flirtatious manner and shows her provocative body language. Steinbeck shows the reader that Curley's wife is trouble; she's very flirtatious and dangles herself in front of the men on the ranch. Then the men gets afraid if Curley
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