Of Mice and Men Curley's Wife

Of Mice and Men Curley's Wife
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  • Curley's wife is described in the text as "She had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red" (Steinbeck 31). The descriptions provided demonstrate how she looks and carries herself. The author is specific in noting that she wears the color red, which is usually seen as more alluring and flirty. 
  • Curley's wife is rude and disrespectful. She has issues with many of the people on the ranch. Curley's wife complains, '"An' what am I doin' Standin' here talkin' to a bunch of bindle stiffs"' (Steinbeck 78). Curley's wife feels like she is above everyone else. Steinbeck's portrayal of her demonstrates her mean and disrespectful demeanor. 
  • Curley's wife angrily yells, '"I cold get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny'" (Steinbeck 81). The way she speaks to Crooks has a negative effect on him because he stops talking and is quiet. Due to the time period and Crooks being marginalized he knows that it is not wise for him to continue this argument with her. 
  • How does the character look? 
  • Readers find out that Curley's wife had dreams of being a movie star, but her mom did not agree. Curley's wife shares, "'Well, I wasn't gonna stay no place where I couldn't get nowhere or make something of myself, an' where they stole your letters"' (Steinbeck 88). She leaves home because she feels as if her mom is not supportive of her dream and she wants more for herself. 
  • What is the character like? 
  • Curley's wife does not like Curley. She married him as an opportunity due to her leaving home. Curley's wife says in a disappointed manner, "'Sure I gotta husban'. You all seen him. Swell guy, ain't he? "' (Steinbeck 78). She is frustrated and does not like Curley because he goes to cat houses and cheats on her. She feels like she has settled and is not happy with her life. 
  • Effect on others. 
  • Curley's wife wants a life as a movie star. Throughout the text she continuously discusses, '"Well, a show come through, an' I met one of he actors. He says I could go with that show"' (Steinbeck 88). She possibly feels defeated since this seems a big dream of her's and she seems frustrated because she is stuck on the barn with all the 'bindle-stiffs'.  
  • Where have they been? 
  • People they do not like. 
  • What does the character want? 
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