What Techniques Does Steinbeck Present Curley's Wife In Of Mice And Men

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Explore the ways in which Curley’s wife is presented and developed in Of Mice and Men The first time the reader is introduced to Curley’s wife is when Candy tells George that Curley has recently got married and that ‘he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife’. She is spoken as though she is a pet/animal who needs soft, gentle hands when touched. This method of introduction does not present Curley’s wife in a favourable light. The men at the ranch are gossiping about her sex life which has been made public to them. Steinbeck leads the reader to believe that Curley does not really care about his wife; if he did, he would not be flaunting their private life and he would consider her dignity. This instantly degrades Curley’s wife’s reputation. Candy goes on further to describe her character by telling George that ‘she got the eye…I seen her give Slim the eye’. ‘The eye’ is suggesting that she is looking at other men whilst being married which creates a negative impression of her character on the reader. Steinbeck raises…show more content…
Her mischievous tone and seductive ways, showing off her body through the doorway, portrays her as an obvious character to be avoided if you want no trouble. This backs up Candy’s description of her and supports George’s warning. “Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don’t care what she says and what she does. I seem ‘em poison before but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be”. George is a wise but cynical character. He is a new arrival at the ranch and for him to comment about Curley’s wife in a similar manner to Candy’s, further shapes our perception of Curley’s wife. George describes her as a ‘piece of jail bait’. She is described like a mouse trap, a dangerous object that can get you killed and decide your fate. Here again she is not being referred to a human being. She is objectified once
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