Curleys Wife

Topics: Woman, Marriage, African American Pages: 4 (1354 words) Published: May 15, 2015

Behaviour: –

She is mean (but in today’s views it would be seen as racist) as she threatens Crooks and tells him that she can have him hung without really trying. “Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” (Page 80) this shows that she is a typical person from 1930’s America as she has very bias views towards Crooks as he is black and he is cripple. People in 1930’s America thought badly of black people so black people were often miss-treated and abused. Cripples were often thought badly of as they couldn’t do work as well as the other people so they were often ill-treated and abused.

She is also shown to be a bully as she insults the other three outcasts (Lennie, Candy and Crooks) “standin’ here talkin’ to a bunch of bindle stiffs – a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep.” (Page 78) This shows that she thinks she has more power than the other 3 outcasts however she is just as much as an outcast as the other 3 as she is the only woman on the farm and she isn’t capable of working with the others. She only has more mental power over the farm as she is married to Curley so she is the boss’s son’s wife so she can get anyone fired on the farm if she feels threatened by them. However she is not treated any better by anyone on the farm as she is a woman.

Appearance: -

“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. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.”

When she was dead this is what she was described as: - “the meanness and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young. Now her rouged cheeks and her redden lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly. The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head, and her lips were...
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