How is Curley's wife presented in 'Of Mice and Men'

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Anxiety Pages: 3 (828 words) Published: March 14, 2014
English Essay – Of Mice and men
PART (A)
Steinbeck uses a variety of methods to present Curley’s wife and the attitudes of others towards her. He does this by using a variety of language including his use of dialogue, and a range of punctuation. Also we see the characters thoughts by their actions. In this small passage where we first meet Curley’s wife, we already perceive that she is flirty and seeks men’s attention.

As soon as Curley’s wife steps into the doorway Steinbeck describes her in detail. ‘She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers.’ Steinbeck pays attention to every detail like he does when referring to the landscapes. This shows that she too pays attention to every detail in her attire and makes sure that she looks perfect, even though there is no one to truly admire her beauty but the men. Curley’s wife thinks that this is what will put her into other peoples favour. This also holds significance because of the way she chooses to wear red – her lips were red, here nails were red, her dress had red mules and bouquets of red ostrich feathers. ‘Well, he seen this girl in a red dress. Dumb barstard like he is, he wants to touch ever’thing he likes.’ This is significant because when George tells Slim about what happened in Weed, he also mentions how the lady’s dress was red. This shows how he liked the lady’s red dress showing that maybe he will like Curley’s wife.

Curley’s wife knows that she has appeal and uses it.
‘She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.’ ‘Lennie’s eyes moved down over her body, and though she did not seem to be looking at Lennie she bridled a little.’ ‘She smiled archly and twitched her body.’

Curley’s wife knows that she has appeal and tries...
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