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How does Steinbeck present the characters of Crooks and Curley's wife ? In what way are these minor characters shown to be significant throughout the novel ?

In John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men, we gather our first impressions of Curley's wife from Candy, a man with one arm and who's only companion is his dog and is his equivalent of a friend, which he has had since it was a pup. "I had 'im since he was a pup". We develop our initial impressions of Curley's wife as being flirtatious, attention seeking and even promiscuous . Candy uses expressions such as 'she got the eye' and goes on to call her a tart. "Well, I think Curley's married...a tart". These are the first of many derogatory terms used to describe her. This initial portrayal of Curley's wife shows her to be a mean and seductive temptresses like Eve in the garden of Eden. She brings evil into the men's lives by tempting them into something they cannot resist. She is the one who ends the dream of Eden, the farm where they can tend the animals and live off the fat of the land, for George and Lennie, and also Candy.

As we read further on in Steinbeck's novel, the description we are given when we first meet her, adds to our initial impressions. Her physical appearance of "full rouged lips , red mules, red ostrich feathers" as well as wide spaced and heavily made up eyes with extravagant hair, seems to make the description gave to reader by Candy, correct. Steinbeck describes her to be striking, and a very imposing character which can also be seen when he uses the light symbolically as she entered the bunk house "The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off". He does not only describe her in this way to show her characteristics, he also uses the colour red as a connotation for danger. In addition to this, red, being a primary colour is a colour children are attracted to. Curley's wife wearing the colour red may symbolise Lennie's attraction to it as he has a very childish nature and...
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