Of Mice and Men Curleys Wife

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GCSE JOHN STEINBECK
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Of Mice and Men: In a letter .John Steinbeck Wrote of Curley wife: She is a nice girl and not a floozy. Discuss and explain your own impression of Curleys wife.

In Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck describes Curley wife as a character of many contradictions she is shown as both a nice girl and a floozy; lonely yet vindictive; Motherly but also seductive. In this essay I will try to discuss both of her sides.

Throughout the novel Curley wife acts and dresses as a floozy; in the very beginning when we first see her she is dressed up nice and has her nails painted red which in those days was a sign of danger, she dresses in very good quality clothes and takes care of herself much more then she should as she is in a ranch full of men and has chores as all the women those days had. She spends too much time on her appearance, in the novel it says she has rouge lips, hair in little sausages, and not only is she dressed very nice, she also acts very seductive by showing off her womanly parts she put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so her body was thrown forward. She leans against the door frame teasing the men, she knows she will get lots of attention because she is a young pretty girl and the men are always in the ranch and she is the only girl there.

She also talks very flirtatiously with the men as she says things playfully showing she has no interest of finding her husband as she intended to do in the first place. When she is about to leave she says Nobody can blame a person for looking which has a double meaning. It can be interpreted as you canât blame a...
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