Of Mice and Men Essay

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John Steinbeck- Of Mice and Men: First, pick out everything to do with Curley’s Wife from the passage that is to do with the question. Remember, we have two bits. Things to do with Curley’s Wife. Things to do with how other people see her. You can find the passage in Of Mice and Men, starting with “Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.” and it ends with “‘So that’s what Curley picks for a wife.’” Things to do with Curley’s Wife. “…the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.” “A girl was standing there looking in.” “She had full, rouged lips” “wide-spaced eyes” “heavily made-up” “Her fingernails were red.” “Her hair hung in little rolled clusters” “She wore a cotton housedress and red mules… little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” “Her voice had a nasal, brittle quality.” “she put her hands behind her back… so that her body was thrown forward” “you the new fellas that just come, ain’t ya?” “she said playfully” “she smiled archly and twitched her body” “She was suddenly apprehensive”. Other people’s reactions to her: “Both men glanced up” “Lennie’s eyes moved down over her body” “George said brusquely” “Lennie watched her, fascinated.” “Slim said ‘Hi, goodlookin’.’” “Jesus, what a tramp.” (George) Now, obviously, there’s too much here. Far too much. I could write for three hours about just this tiny passage. So I need to prioritise. Three main points with two or three examples from the text. That’s all I’ve time to do in twenty minutes. Maximum. So, first… What METHODS does Steinbeck use to present her (because the question is not ‘what do you learn about her’ or anything else. So he uses symbolism (cutting off the light) and he uses colour. He describes her appearance and he describes how she moves and talks. Let’s see if I can get that into something I can write about in ten minutes.

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