To What Extent Does Steinbeck Presentation of Curleys Wife in Omam Make the Reader Feel Sympathy for Her?

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Of mice and men is essentially a microcosm of the socio-economic problems faced throughout the great depression in America. The only definitive representation of women throughout the novella is Curley’s wife. Steinbeck was quite cruel in the way he portrayed Curleys wife in the novel, not even giving her a name or identity – this is because he is trying to get across to the reader the patriarchal society that this was. Curley’s wife appears three times in the book; the first time is in chapter 2 where the reader gets the initial impression that she is a “tart”. The second time we see her is in chapter 4 where we gain knowledge of her temperamental side. This is made evident when she has an outburst at the “weak ones”. In chapter 5 the reader sees her as human as well as simple and unpretentious after she is dead. CW appears only three times in novella, though she only appears three time we receive numerous different personas her. In the first chapter when we meet her, she gives the initial impression that she is a sexually controlling character – using her looks and lust to sway the men’s impressions of her. “She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her finger nails were red”, page 34, Red is repeated a number of times in this sentence, this may be to indicate “danger, danger, danger”. Red is a connotation of desire and passion -key characteristics of CW, red is also a suggestion of violence and hazard. She is a threat to those around her. The next time that Curley’s wife appears the reader begins to see a different side of her. We begin to infer that CW just wants the companionship and attention that her relationship with Curley lacks. We get a sense that CW is lonely and is very isolated from the rest of the men on the ranch. She says “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever once in a while?”, page 85, from this we can see CW doesn’t

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