Character Analysis: Of Mice and Men

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Is Curley’s wife a floozy?

In Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is presented as a floozy. She flirts with other men and disobeys her husband on the ranch. At the start of the novel we see her as being very provocative and extremely flirtatious. Towards the end however our judgment changes. We see her life as being very lonely. This fact is also emphasized at the end of the novel when John Steinbeck makes the end of her life as if she is going to heaven; very tranquil and peaceful. John Steinbeck writes the novel so that Curley’s wife seems extravagant and pretentious and he makes us, the readers dislike her. If you look deeper into her character you will see that she is a nice who is lonely and deserves more. She does not want to be living the life she is. At a first glimpse Curley’s wife seems like Miss Dynamite. She wears red and is very provocative. You firstly meet her when she stands in the doorway of the bunkhouse. “The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off” It was as if something bad was coming in and that the world should stop and see what was happening. She flirts with the men on the ranch and disobeys her husband, Curley. Curley’s wife wears very revealing clothes even though she is married and only living on a ranch. Curley’s wife was dangerous. :“She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.” “She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages.” Curley’s wife had no reason to dress like this if she is not looking to impress any men. She wants more attention from the men who work on the ranch. On the other hand, Curley’s wife could be doing this because she is bored and has nothing better to do. She has no friends, no future, no respect; she doesn't even have a name. All she wants is someone to talk to but in her mind the only way she can do this is by flaunting herself to the...
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