Unit 20 Promoting Health and Social Care

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Curley’s wife.

I think Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife as a woman who loves attention off any man and because of how she gets ignored from most of them and Curley, it makes her want more attention from them.

Steinbeck tells the reader a lot about Curley’s wife by her appearance. ‘Her fingernails were red.’ and ‘She had full, rouged lips’ this tells the reader a lot about her by how Steinbeck has used the colour red for her lips and nails because red is a colour that represents love, seduction, danger and passion. This automatically tells the reader that Curley’s wife is a woman that is a little adventurous with men. How he mentions that she is very heavily made up and describes in detail what she is wearing shows that she has a lot of time to do her self up because she has nothing to do in the day time. When you read on in the story it tells you that she is clearly dolling her self up a lot for the men on the ranch as well as Curley. Her whole appearance shows that she is a woman that cares what she looks likes and obviously wants to impress. At the start of the paragraph it reads how the sunlight was cut off when she came towards the door and this gives the reader a picture in their head of something bad and mysterious is coming along that’s cut off the sunlight. Steinbeck presents her altogether through her appearance as a flirt that lives off the attention off all the men on the ranch.

Curley’s wife’s actions tell the reader a lot about her, ‘She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.’ Steinbeck is showing that she is confident about herself and is not afraid to flaunt herself to other men. The way he described her throwing her body forward says she is trying to flirt with the men on the ranch using body language by pushing her chest out. ‘She looked at her fingernails.’ This is like she is looking at her finger nails so it looks like she has something better to do than talk to them, but...
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