Curley’s wife would always try to show more of herself, and of course the reaction of the men was to call her a “tramp” and a “rat trap”. This is also subtly changing the readers view. We can see that all the men on the Ranch feel the same way about her. Steinbeck almost puts you in the position of Lennie and George, so whenever she insults them, so also insults you, further exaggerating what you feel about Curley’s wife. For example, when she says “They left all the weak ones here” all the men ignore her to let her know that she isn’t wanted, and Crooks tells her to get out.
Curley’s Wife – Essay Draft We first hear about Curley’s wife when Candy is describing her to George and Lennie. He uses expressions such as ‘she got the eye’ to show that she is always looking out for something to do, and then goes on to say how most men on the ranch label her as being a ‘tart’. The way he says ‘the eye’ gives the reader the impression that she is bored and maybe even lonely, and she is always on lookout for someone to talk to. This first impression of her could make the reader think that she is going to be quite a twisted, flirtatious and promiscuous character. Later on in the book, the narrator gives a description of her physical appearance, and it opens the audience’s minds even more about what she is actually like.
This symbolizes how she is treated, as if she is worthless and unintelligent. This also shows that men treated women worse than their pets. Men acted towards women as if they owned them. This is evident when we look at Curley’s wife because it shows why she feels insignificant. Instead of calling Curley’s wife by her name they say “Curley’s woman”, “a tart”, “the new kid and a jail bait”.
We first hear about Curley’s Wife when Candy describes her to George and Lenny. Candy uses expressions such as “she got the eye” and proceeds to describe her as looking at other men before eventually calling a “tart”. Through Candy’s words we develop the initial perception of Curley’s Wife as flirtatious and even promiscuous. The perception is emphasized when Curley’s Wife first makes an appearance. Steinbeck uses light symbolically when he writes, ‘The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off’ by using this metaphor, Steinbeck is still giving the impression that she is an unpleasant character.
Candy mentions that she, "got the eye" explaining that she is flirtatious and immoral in that wea re hit with the fact that she flirts with other men immediately after it is stated thatshe is married to Curley. Already, the reader is introduced to the idea that Curley's wife is an immoral "tart" which is strengthened upon her first appearance, which follows shortly after. She is first seen in the doorway of the bunkhouse , asking about the location of her husband, which is soon revealed as being a weak excuse to interact with the ranchers. She is wearing a "red cotton house dress" and a pair of mules decorated with "bouquets of red ostrich feathers." emphasisinig her sexual presence as the colour red, which is expressed repeatedly when Curley's wife's clothes are described, is often reffered to as the colour of love and passion.
The shared opinion by the men on the ranch is that they think ‘Curley’s married… a tart’ and that she is ‘giving men the eye’. Steinbeck uses this technique to create a biased opinion and set up the thoughts that men had of women in those days, calling her a ‘tart’ makes the reader think that she is unfaithful or prone to be, causing a disliking towards her. However given the fact that this is coming from gossip the reader realises it may be slightly exaggerated. Curley’s ‘glove fulla Vaseline’ make us pity Curley’s wife as it objectifies her as nothing but a sexual property to someone, which links in with her only ever being referred to as ‘Curley’s wife’ showing us that she is nothing but Curley’s property as she remains nameless throughout the whole novel. Even though we see a sense of power with Curley, we are then brought to the idea that she is ‘giving men the eye’ which makes us dislike her for we assume then that she is being unfaithful and portraying her as a floozy.
Candy also tells them that she's "Purty," but more importantly, that she's "got the eye." She likes to look at other men; Candy says he's seen her look at Slim, for instance, and Carlson, too. Candy sums up his comments about Curly's wife by concluding: "Well, I think Curley's married....a tart." Candy thinks Curley's wife likes to flirt and fool around with other men when Curley's not looking. This may well be true, of course, but there is more to her than what Candy sees.
She has no friends therefore has a lonely existence. Our first impression of Curley’s wife is by the men on the ranch and what they think about her. Some of the words the men use to describe her include ‘‘tart’’ ‘‘jail-bait’’ and ‘‘she got the eye.’’ These all describe her to be dangerous before we first see her. When we’re first introduced to Curley’s wife she is heavily made up with red lipstick and red ostrich feathers both of which symbolise sexuality as well as danger. She has a very flirtatious nature which makes her husband jealous.
Candy uses expression such as “she got the eye” and goes on to describe her as looking at other men because of this they call her a “tart”. Through Candy’s words, we could develop an initial perception of Curley’s wife as flirtatious. This manipulates us by leading us into having a negative view of her. Her first appearance in the Novel focuses on her appearance. The way she acts, the way she looks and the way she speaks with others.
The first time you hear about Curley’s wife is when candy describes her to George. Candy uses expression such as “she got the eye” and goes on to describe her as looking at other men because of this they call her a “tart”. Through Candy’s words, we could develop an initial perception of Curley’s wife as flirtatious and coquettish. This manipulates us by leading us into having a negative view of her. Her first appearance in the Novel focuses on her appearance.