Steinbeck presents her as a negative married woman. She has been presented first through the dialogue of ranch-hand Candy when he describes her to George. His opinion is very sexist towards Curley’s wife as he says “Curley married...a tart”. This shows Steinbeck presents her in a very crude manner. The word “tart” shows the immediate impression and effect Curley’s wife has on the other men on the ranch.
She is first presented by the swamper, Candy. Candy describes Curley’s Wife in a rude and prejudiced way. Lennie and George just arrived at the ranch so they don’t know what to expect from Curley’s Wife. If Candy describes Curley’s Wife in a bad way, George and Lennie will have a negative opinion about Curley’s Wife once they meet her. When Candy was describing Curley’s Wife, he said, “Well, you look her over, mister.
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.
Paragraph 1 We get our first description of Curly’s wife from the old ranch hand Candy, who is also a huge gossip. Candy perceives her a ‘purty’ but also as a ‘tart. He then goes on to mention the fact that after only 2 weeks of being married to Curly she has already ‘got the eye’ for many other men on the ranch. This description gives the readers the impression that Curley’s wife is a flirtatious ‘tart’ and this is how we continue to think of Curley’s wife until later on in the book when we see her develop further into a more complex character. Paragraph 2 Candy’s first description of Curley’s wife is reinforced by Steinbeck’s description of her on page 53.
She lives a lonely existence. She has no friends. Curley's Wife is portrayed through her appearance, conversations with other characters, and what other characters say about her. Steinbeck presents her as a negative married woman. Before Curley's wife makes her first appearance, she is introduced to the reader through gossip on the ranch.
The character, Curley's wife, of the novel "of mice and men" is an example how the readers perception of a character changed without the character actually changing. This is demonstrated by the way that George and Lennie are warned about Curley's wife and how she is portrayed as a seductive, troublemaker. As the story continues, stienbeck slowly reveals her secrets, the real Curley's Wife is found. Stienbeck influences our opinion of curleys through other characters opions. She is first mentioned in the narrative when Candy describes her togeorge.
Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife as nameless throughout the novella this presents her as Curley’s possession. By presenting us with one female character Steinbeck is indicating there is no real place for a woman on the ranch. Also, I think he reflects the history of women in the Great Depression onto Curley’s wife, how woman were considered inferior to men. Before George has met Curley’s wife Candy begins to tell George about her: “only been two weeks and she’s already got the eye.” ‘Eye’ signifies to us that she is unfaithful to her husband as she finds other men attractive, this makes the reader disapprove of her. Steinbeck makes us feel dislike by manipulating us into think she’s seeking attention inappropriately.
This is shown by her actions and speech. Curley’s wife is lonely because of the way she acts, what she says, and who she talks about. One way that shows that Curley’s wife is lonely is because she acts very flirtatious. For example, right after George and Lennie arrived at the ranch she went into the barn and asked if anyone had seen Curley. “Oh!” She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.
This essay shall set out to discuss the recurring theme of loneliness evident in "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck. I shall be writing about some very different characters, who all have this one trait in common. Loneliness affects many of the characters, and Steinbeck seems to show that it is a natural and inevitable result of the kind of life they are forced to lead. Every character in the story exhibits loneliness. Curley's wife seeks the attention of the farm hands as a substitute for the lack of attention from the abusive Curley.
What is also similar is that when the other ranch hands have a problem with either of the two they complain to their ‘owners’. When Carlson feels Candy’s dog is of no use he questions “why’n’t you just shoot him Candy?” And when controversy sparks over Curley and his wife Carlson again questions “why’n’t you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs?” This cruel comparison again shows how women were thought of In the 1930s America, the effect it has on the reader is also a cruel and sharp one. It makes the reader belittle Curley’s wife and not think much of her but however on the other hand it may make some readers sympathise with her and actually feel sorry for