In What Ways Is Curley’s Wife Significant in the Novel 'of Mice and Men'?

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In what ways is Curley’s wife significant in the novel? You must consider the context of the novel Curley’s wife is a key character in John Steinbeck’s novella ‘Of Mice And Men’. Curley’s wife is a prime example of just how much a reader’s opinion can change of a character, despite the character not changing their ways at all. This is done, in Curley’s wife’s case, through the clever use of the telling of the sub-plot and her tragic past before her life on the ranch. Curley’s wife is first introduced in the book when Candy, one of the ranch hands, describes her to George. Candy says that “she’s got the eye” particularly for another character, Slim. This immediately gives the reader the idea that Curley’s wife is a flirtatious Curley’s wife is portrayed as being a very imposing figure who demands the attention and respect of everybody whom she comes into contact with. This is shown through the use of Manichaean imagery, when Steinbeck says, “The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.” This also plays on the idea that Curley’s wife casts a shadow on all those that she talks to, she is therefore shown as an evil character and the lack of light foreshadows a darkness that is going to fall over the ranch and all those who inhabit it in the near future. Curley’s wife is also a strong adumbration of the death of the American Dream. The reader holds their opinion of Curley’s wife with a certain bitterness most of the way through the novel, and often disregards everything she says as we sympathise with George and agree with his opinion that Curley’s wife is nothing but “Jail-bait” and “no good”. Curley’s wife tells a story to Lennie in the barn about how she could have been somebody. She says; “He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me
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