In this novel, she is illustrated as a ‘tart’. A result of her flirtatiousness is that her husband becomes very jealous of the other men on the ranch. These insecurities then cause Curley’s wife to become even more estranged from her husband. When Curley’s wife gets too comfortable with one of the workers, Lennie, she is accidently killed. In this novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Curley’s wife is portrayed as a troublemaking, licentious, and desolate character.
He says, ‘I spose you’re glad’ and we’re reminded that Candy sees her as entirely responsible for the destruction of his dream. She is Eve, ruining his paradise. It’s sad because in a way she is accorded less respect than the only other women really mentioned in the novel – the girls in the local whorehouse. Even if the men only seek out the women there because they are lonely, there’s a kind of respect for the ‘working girl’ who does not offer anything more complicated than sex for cash. Curley’s Wife seems to command less respect than the prostitutes, and even Curley chooses to spend his night off at a brothel than with his
She was only written with negative character traits which made it so characters or readers were never able to sympathize with her. Next, no character ever had a turning point where they saw Curley’s wife as more than exactly that, Curley’s wife. And finally, he never gave her a name. There was a great imbalance between sexism and making the readers question the sexism. If Steinbeck had chosen to give the woman some justice the message against sexism would have been stronger.
Curley 's Wife is first shown as a dangerous desperate villain in the novella by Steinbeck. You can see this from the repetition of the word red. For example he says 'red mules ' , 'bouquets of red ostrich feathers ' , ' Her fingernails were red. ' This summarizes that Curley 's Wife is trying to look her best in front of the bunkmates to flirt with them by showing off her beauty. Steinbeck has used the word 'red ' numerous times to show how confident she is towards her body features since red is a .
Through Curley’s wife, Crooks, and Candy, John Steinbeck had used his way to state how those characters had endured their loneliness throughout the book “Of Mice and Men”. Curley’s wife would not be a pleasant character in many ways. As a wife of manager’s son, she was described as a charming and flirty woman and treated others with scorn. However, her appearances later had shown actually she was just an immature, innocent and lonely woman who missed her chance to be a successful movie star in Hollywood and compelled to marry Curley. “If I’d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet” (Steinbeck 84) Accordingly, she felt unfair for her life and doesn’t want to get stuck on the ranch but she knew she could do nothing about it.
In the novella, Curley’s wife is referred to as “jailbait” who is defined as “a young woman, or young women collectively, considered in sexual terms but under the age of consent.” (In the oxford dictionary) she always has a ton of makeup on and is always trying to flirt with the men that work in the ranch. If we deeply look into the reason why she does all this, why does she put so much make up on? Why is she always flirting with the men? We can see that she is seeking attention; she is seeking the attention that she is not receiving from her husband. When we look into all of that we can conclude that she is lonely, she has no one to talk to no friends and no family she has no one except fir husband who doesn’t give her any attention, throughout the whole novella never do we ever see him and his wife encountering each other they are always looking for each other.
However, within the novel, Steinbeck denies his female character’s simplicities by creating multidimensional roles within their womanly archetypes. Each female is capable of being motherly or wicked while being her own individually developed character. Therefore, Steinbeck does indeed create his female characters, as flat rather than round characters. However, though they may remain underdeveloped, they may also remain as individuals separate from their
In addition to that I would be showing how Steinbeck creates tension by using Curleys Wife. Curley 's Wife is first shown as a dangerous desperate villain in the novella by Steinbeck. You can see this from the repetition of the word red. For example he says 'red mules ' , 'bouquets of red ostrich feathers ' , ' Her fingernails were red. ' This summarizes that Curley 's Wife is trying to look her best in front of the bunkmates to flirt with them by showing off her beauty.