The Portrayal Of Curley's Wife In Of Mice And Men

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We can see that Curley’s wife is portrayed by Steinbeck as a ‘tart’ in the beginning of the book, she is not cared for or liked by many of the men on the ranch at all as she irritates them and they think that she is not loyal towards Curley. However, by the end of the book the reader feels sorry for her as we see deeper inside her and see how lonely she is, she only has the image of a tart because she is so alone and the only way she knows to make friends is by being a flirtatious person. The first mention of Curley’s wife is in chapter 2 when George and ‘the swamper’ are talking about her. They say that she is ‘Purty ... but- well-she got the eye’. They mean that she is always looking and flirting with other men. This makes the reader feel annoyed towards her and definitely not feel any sympathy towards her as she has only been married a short while and she is looking for men and not being loyal. Also they then go on to say ‘Know what I think?-Well I think that Curley’s married... a…show more content…
The only ones left are Crooks, Candy and Lennie. Curley’s wife comes looking for Curley and they treat her like an idiot ‘[You] think I don’t know where they all went? Even Curley, I know where they all went’ she says. We can see that she knows that they went to the whore house, even her newly married husband. This makes us sorry for her because Steinbeck portrays that Curley doesn’t care for their marriage he just carries on as if it doesn’t exist. She gets very lonely at this point and she has been betrayed by her husband. She gets very emotional by all this so she shouts at the men, ‘Talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs – a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep- an’ likin’ it because they ain’t nobody else.’ We can see that this makes her emotional and that she is lonely as she has nobody who likes

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