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How Does Steinbeck Presemt Curley's Wife in Section 2?

  • Date Submitted: 10/19/2015 07:50 AM
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When Steinbeck introduces Curley's wife, it is Candy that makes the reader have a biased opinion even before she enters because she is introduced through rumours. Candy describes her from his perspective when he mentions that she "got the eye" explaining that Curley's wife is flirtatious and immoral and we are hit with the fact that she flirts with other men immediately after it was stated that she is married to Curley. Already, the reader is introduced to the idea that Curley's wife is an immoral "tart" which is strenghthened upon her first appearance, which floolws shortly after.

Curley's wife made her first appearance in the bunkhouse where she "cut off" the "rectangle of sunshine" in the doorway. Her dramatic entrance immediately catches the attention of George and Lennie who "glanced up". Considering they only "glanced up", Curley's wifde felt like she had to do more to impress George and Lennie so that she could get more attention from them. She asks about the location of her husband, which is soshiningled as being a weak excuse to interact with the ranchers. This suggests that she doesn't get enough attention from Curley so she feels like she has to crave it off other men. As her presence ominously shuts out the light, Steinbeck could be suggesting the metaphorical darkness in the sense that potential trouble is heading towards George and Lennie. This confirms Steinbeck's presentation of women in the novella as having a corrupting power over men. The fact that she "put her hands behind her back and leaned against the doorframe" and "looked at her fingernails" suggests that she is fishing for compliments. This could also suggest that she's trying to show off what she's got and they havent: money, a relationship, nice clothes, etc. She wants to make George and Lennie jealous.

When the writer uses adjectives such as "full rouged" to describe her lips and a "cotton house dress and red mules" it emphasizes her sexual presence as the colour red, which is...

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