She is incapable of being able to formulate effective and sustaining bonds with others on the ranch. I seen her give Slim the eye. This adds extreme tension to the story. The novel is set in the 1930s during the great depression, where women were expected to marry and look after the children. The way she dresses and acts on the ranch suggests she could possibly think she is a movie star. Curley's wife has several strong personality traits she displays throughout the novella.
These are qualities the ranch workers lacked and desperately needed to bring adrenaline in their faith again in the American dream when times were bad. Useful resource to engage pupils -. Curelys wife is suggesting that they are weaker because of their incapacity to take part in some of the activities other men can. Carlson says, 'Why'n't you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs? She is upset that the men do not want to talk to her. She is much like Eve, who is seen as having a lesser status, and even belonging to Adam. We feel ourselves orbiting this character. She wore a cotton dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers" John Steinbeck, 31 , Curley's wife is one of the more vividly portrayed characters in Of Mice and Men.
In the Genesis narrative, Eve tricks Adam into eating the forbidden fruit. Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly. Discrimination is unfair treatment of a person based on who they are, a group of similar people, class or category. George's first impression of Curley's wife is that she is "a tramp" and the worst "piece of jail-bait" he has ever seen. She is described as beautiful and a flirt, and she is treated like a possession by her husband. And because she had confided in him she moved closer to Lennie and sat beside him. The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head, and her lips were parted.
He wants her to stay in the house and to stay away from the men on the farm. What is particularly striking is that she is used to people walking away from her when she talks and it is this which creates such sympathy for her. Her death also is a reminder of the incredible strength Lennie held and how incapable he was at managing it. The "context" of her life has left her deprived of many of the established means necessary for the development of an identity. The only way she knew how to get attention was through wearing pretty clothes and looking attractive and this ultimately lead her to her death. This causes the men to ostracize her, as they do not want Curley coming after them for paying attention to his wife.
Steinbeck creates many characters and develops them deeply. The men think of her as property and and give her no respect or dignity. Candy is used as a way of showing social discrimination used to be for old people and handicaps. Curley is a small man who constantly tries to show off and act tough. Significantly Steinbeck makes it clear that nurture turns her into the person she is in the novel, her nature is different. Both women's actions lead the men to fall into temptation, resulting in dire consequences.
She is utterly alone on the ranch, and her husband has seen to it that no one will talk to her without fearing a beating. They say I stink. So, she married Curley, who she met at a dance, and lives on the ranch with him and the other ranch workers. We might interpret this unflatteringly and as evidence of her promiscuous status, as she has no reason to be so dressed up on a ranch; equally, as the colour red represents both lust and danger, the latter being apt foreshadowing for later events in the story. Similarly, Curley's wife is also a manipulator. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. When Lennie comes into Crooks ' room Crooks says "You got no right to come in my room.
If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. When readers first read about her, her body language is provocative when she leans against a wall in the barn. She is made-up and flirtatious. Whit laid down his cards impressively. When Lennie and Candy are in the barn with Crooks, Curley's wife enters, again heavily made up. Connecting ends with ends, there is a sense of insecurity between these two people. Cite this page as follows: "What are some quotes that show Curley's wife being a young, flirty, ignorant, needy, to blame, and rebellious woman? Curley's wife finds Lennie holding the puppy he killed.
There is no reason to be heavily made up on a ranch, so she must have to much time on her hands. Crooks, on the other hand, is used as a way to demonstrate the discrimination based on your type of race back when the emancipation proclamation was fairly new and was barely coming into play. Her inferiority could be for many reasons, her gender, and make-up and colour by Crooks. This is perhaps where we feel most sympathetic towards her. In chapter five, Curley's wife carries on a conversation with Lennie in the barn while the men are playing horseshoes and reveals that she is lonely and delusional. These realistic examples describe the battle of human nature within the characters Of Mice and Men. They teach us many lessons some good and some bad.
Lennie touches her hair, but he is too rough. She is often portrayed as an antagonist, a character who stands in opposition to the main character, but her more human side emerges as the novel progresses. . This is replaced with something more substantive within her stature upon dying. Comment on the Language Devices and Techniques Used. She plays a main part in the novel; in doing this she displays and presents many of the main themes. Throughout the novel, Lennie killed various things.
Steinbeck also describes an innocence that comes through, after the 'meanness' is gone. You see if she ain't a tart. Therefore, their hatred automatically is poured on her head. The colour red has many shades and textures. This foreshadows that she may cause trouble or come in the way and could ruin it all for Lennie and George. In fact, the characters Of Mice and Men undergo these emotions on an unexpected journey. Instead, she goes around, talks to the men working and hides from her husband.