Explore The Ways Steinbeck Presents Curley's Wife

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John Steinbeck portrays Curley’s wife in two different ways. He creates sympathy and dislike for her, in many ways. For most of them there is a reason behind his ideas, howe b ver there are some key points where we are just supposed to accept what we’ve been told. Steinbeck starts off with a harsh and negative point of view, from the first characters we meet, Candy, the swamper; he is describing her to George and Lennie, our main protagonists. 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…show more content…
This therefore can explain the choice of words – however it isn’t funny justified; he is also aggressive. However he may also be telling off Lennie because he likes her, but this is more of a guess; he may in a way be getting defensive, so that Lennie stops looking at her and then he can try himself. This once again proves that she is though negatively against amongst the men. Up to this point we haven’t seen much of Curley’s wife – therefore she has just been referred to as ‘Curley’s wife’; also she has only been married two weeks, so they may not have been properly introduced to her or even know her. This suggests how little respect women were given in that particular time period; Curley’s wife is a woman, and therefore not good enough to have an actual name. She is avoided by everyone on the ranch because they fear she is trying to seduce the men; she is objectified, and never thought of as a real person with

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