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Curley's Wife Essay

Throughout the story Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Curley's wife plays an important role to conclude the ending resolution of the novel, even though she is only presented in-person three times. Each time she shows her expressions both physical and mentally. During the course of the story you see Curley's wife is a tramp and she uses her body to get attention from the men on the ranch. At the beginning of the story, George and Lennie meet Curley's wife at the bunk house; both have their own impression about her. Then the next two times she is involved in the story, Lennie gets to spend time with her in Crook's room and in the barn.

After Lennie and George get settled in form their long trip to the ranch they both meet Candy. Candy tells the men, "well-she got the eye." I think that Candy is trying to say that Curley's wife has been showing more of an interest to the other men on the ranch than her husband of two weeks. Candy also said, "well, I think Curley's married…. a tart." I think what Candy is trying to say is that she is a bit of a slut and is having an affair, and she gets around without Curley even knowing it. The other characters refer to Curley's wife as promiscuous. Even before George and Lennie meet Curley's wife, they've already formed an opinion and judged her.

Curley's wife appears for the first time at the bunk house. She came in the room saying she is looking for Curley, but I think that she really just wanted to see the new men on the ranch. Her actions leave an impression on Lennie and George. She stood in the doorway with her body thrown forward and twitching her body and posed as if trying to show her body off to the men, trying to gather their attention. The narrator described her with big lips and nice red fingernails and everything else a young beautiful lady looks like. Lennie admires her looks, but on the other hand, George knows that she is trouble. George told Lennie "don't you even take a look at that...
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