They had no rights or freedom. Well, no one ever accused Steinbeck of being a feminist. She is lonely and alone, and there seems to be little that the future can hold for her so she has something to hope for. This could be a result of the failing, empty marriage she is in. Proud, bitter, and caustically funny, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin.
At the beginning of the novel the reader views her as an unpleasant, naive and troublesome character. She is also not allowed to talk to anyone but her husband who spends all of this time in the fields, so she feels like she is living alone all her life. Recently married, Curley is plagued with jealous suspicions and is extremely possessive of his flirtatious young wife. It could be assumed that her mother didn't treat her well considering she stole the letter. The author presents her in a problematic way, showing her to be flirtatious with the guys, and as someone interested only in one thing. She has no friends besides Curley as the live on a ranch with all of the workers who are all men.
But the guy says I coulda. He gives her a good look over. Steinbeck creates in her the personality of one who is oppressed but always hopes, always wishes for her dreams to come true, always wishes for the freedom that in America, would not come for another thirty or forty years after this is set. The fact that Curley's wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a biased opinion of Curley's wife before she even enters the section. It is set in the U. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young.
This was a result of the First World War. Candy, the old swamper, introduces us to Curley's wife during his first discussion with George and Lennie. When she attempts to talk or flirt with them, she is quickly rejected. Find these, and comment on them. Compare how she has been portrayed before to how she is now. She is also quick to.
In this essay I will try to discuss both of her sides. Curley does not allow her to speak with the other men, and they reject her every time. Others see her as dangerous. Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly. George warns Lennie to stay away from her.
In Section 2, upon Curley's introduction, he is cold and bitter towards Lennie, but by Section 5, when his wife has been killed by Lennie and more importantly to him , his dignity has been destroyed by Lennie's crushing of his hand, he leads the witch-hunt against Lennie and is only to eager to be the one to end his life. She has had dreams of a different life, but her parents wouldn't allow her to follow her dreams. But in turn, her association with the authority in that she lives in the boss's house and is married to the boss's son prevents her from building a relationship with the ranchers as she is seen as a woman of power; despite the fact that she is actually very low in the heirarchy of the ranch, in terms of her freedom and rights. Steinbeck generally depicts women as troublemakers who bring ruin to men and drive them mad. All of our initial ideas and perceptions about her being powerful, bold and dangerous change completely as dies. This took me about 45 minutes to complete. She's basically like the , only less tech-savvy.
Steinbeck uses this portrayal to reiterate that Curley is self conscious- his pugnacity comes from a desire to be perceived as tough and powerful, the power that his position implies he ought to possess. Today, we live in a world where women can wear whatever they like. However, the depression forced her into the ranch and into a life she doesn't like or enjoy. How does Steinbeck present attitudes to women in the society in which the novel is set? Steinbeck generally depicts women as troublemakers who bring ruin to men and drive them mad. Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without his caretaking responsibilities, George is obviously devoted to Lennie. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. They had no rights or freedom.
If Curley's wife does infact suffer domestic abuse then this may partially excuse her hostility as she is mirroring the only atmosphere she is around whilst in the presence of her husband. Naively, Curley's wife believed that her protective aunt stole the letter. Her husband is never around, she doesn't have children, there aren't any other women on the ranch so she doesn't have any friends. She wore a cotton housedress and red mules,' flirting with ranch hands and is conscious of the effect she has on men. Steinbeck uses this portrayal of Curley to criticise the nature of American society and power in the 1930s- those who have power, like Curley, exert their power over others, perhaps who they secretly fear or perceive as weak, to get over their own personal convictions.
However, Curley is ultimately the man who spells the end for Lennie- Curley's vindictive and ruthless witch-hunt for Lennie in Section 5 means that there is no way forward for him, leading George to kill him in the hope of him having a more merciful ending. He has no natural authority so goes to lengths to distinguish himself from the working class, whom he sees himself as superior to. Aside from wearisome wives, Of Mice and Men offers limited, rather misogynistic, descriptions of women who are either dead maternal figures or prostitutes. Sympathy implies that the reader feels an emotional connection towards the character. An interesting part about her character is explained by Irony used cleverly by Steinbeck. The work performed by Curley and Moe, although falls within the acceptable building standards, does not meet the expectation of the company in terms of quality. She met Curley and thought he was her ticket out of the life she didn't know.
Extension: There are some descriptions in this extract which suggest disturbance. The ranch hands do not respect Curley at all, they refer to him as 'handy', seemingly menial, Candy says he 'picks scraps with big guys' suggesting he is petulant and insecure and they disrespect his wife- his abuse of the little power he has means that he is not respected hence his power and position are rendered useless. He is 'young', implying that he is naïeve and lacks experience, and short Candy- 'he ain't a big guy' which implies that he is inferior to 'tall', powerful characters like Slim and even Lennie. Steinbeck cleverly disguises Curley's inherent human dream of sexual and romantic fulfilment, which he also hopes will bring him respect from the other men because his wife is physically attractive, in a somewhat vulgar and dirty description to show the reader that the image Curley portrays to the other ranch hands of masculinity is merely used to cover his 'soft', emotional and sensitive side. Poor Little Not-So-Rich Girl But we're tender-hearted here at Shmoop headquarters, and we can't help feeling a wee bit bad for this poor girl. This vulnerability is further revealed and expanded upon through the conversation she has with Lennie immediately prior to her demise at the hands of Lennie.