Of Mince And Men Essay

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Curly's wife is so lost, lonely and insignificant that Steinbeck does not even give her a name. She spends the novel trying to find company under the guise of looking for her husband. Curly is in fact an intensely abusive person with a major case of small-guy complex. The irony is that while she pretends to be looking for Curly, she is actually trying to avoid him. The men on the ranch fear Curly's wife. She is a temptress of sorts and she is a possession of Curly’s (hence her name). She projects undertones of sexuality in almost everything she says. The men are lonely which only highlights her danger. They do not want the bosses son, Curly, to get angry. They simply can't afford to lose their job during a depression. Steinbeck uses many different techniques to present Curley’s wife such as colour imagery, appearance, metaphors and similes in the early stages of the novel. The effect of these techniques is that the reader creates a mental image of Curley’s wife even before she even enters the novel. Steinbeck initially presents Curley’s wife in a negative manner. The reader is first introduced to Curley’s wife by the words of Candy: “well- she got the eye” which has several connotations such as how she wants the sexual attention of other men. This makes the reader immediately judge Curley’s wife and stereotype her as a lonely women wanting sexual attraction. Steinbeck presents her in this manner as a sign of potential foreshadowing as the reader knows Lennie has had previous trouble with girls so he wants to show how Lennie is exposed to possible danger. Also, quite interestingly, Steinbeck emphasises how Lennie should run away when he is in trouble which shows how Lennie is very prone to the danger Curley and his wife possess. Candy also says “Curley’s married . . . a tart” which shows how Steinbeck wants to present Curley’s wife which is in a very crude

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