Discuss the way in which Curley’s wife is presented in section 2, 4 and 5.
Curley’s wife only appears 3 times in the novel which is in section 2, 4 and 5. Although she may only appear three times, in those three times her presence is focused on by the author and through those main chapters, we begin to understand more and more about Curley’s wife.
In chapter 2 Curley’s wife is presented as a flashy lady who seeks attention from other men at the ranch. She is not addressed by her own name, but as Curley’s wife, which instantly shows her lack of importance in the scenes of the novel and suggests that in the times where this novel was set, a women’s importance on a ranch full of men was not respected at all. Right from the beginning of her introduction to the book, she is hinted to be a strange woman to bring nothing but badness. ‘Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.’ By the cutting of the sunshine in the doorway, Steinbeck could be already foreshadowing bad things. As Curley’s wife stands in the doorway, she cuts of the light of the sunshine that was peeking into the ranch house through the door, which causes darkness in the room. By Curley’s wife being the reason for the darkness in the room, this could be suggesting that she brings darkness wherever she is present which hints at things that may happen in the future. Her body language is deliberately provocative with the way she stands and leans onto the door. ‘She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.’ By the way she is acting in front of the new comers, she is instantly asking for attention to be noticed and admired by whoever is willing to admire her. Steinbeck says her body was ‘thrown forward’ which shows that’s she is flashy and deliberate as if she wants them to talk about her even after she leaves the room. She’s in need for her presence to be known and respected, although she doesn’t seem very...
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