The character of Curley’s Wife Essay
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Steinbeck demonstrates Curley’s Wife as ‘unwanted’ when it comes to relationships. Curley’s Wife shares an unenthusiastic and loveless relationship with her husband. ”You seen that glove on his left hand? Well, that glove’s fulla Vaseline, Curley says he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife” is a primary example of this. This quote personifies the fact that Curley only wants a sexual relationship with his wife, and uses her for intimate means only. Additionally, Curley’s Wife is not highly admired among the ranch workers.
‘Tart’ and ‘Jailbait’ are just two of the many words used by the ranch workers to describe Curley’s Wife. This means that they perceive her as trouble and they try to keep away from her. One of the most important relations anybody has is one with their own mother. Curley’s wife shares quite an unpleasant relationship with her mother. This words “I always thought my ol’ lady stole it”, are a vivid example of how Curley’s Wife had her dream to become an actress, overseen by her mother. The relationship between Curley’s Wife and George is quite similar to Curley’s Wife’s relationship with the other ranch workers.
As soon as George sees Curley’s Wife for the first time, he straight away turns to Lennie and coldly says “Jesus, what a tramp. ” These words concisely and efficiently explain the initial thoughts felt by George upon first look at Curley’s Wife. When George tells Lennie off for calling her “purty” he also illustrates his thoughts in a more influential way with the words; “Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don’t care what she says and what she does. I seen ’em poison before. ” The words “bitch” and “poison”, clarify that George despises Curley’s Wife, probably more than anyone else on the ranch.
Curley’s Wife and Crooks are two dissimilar yet comparable characters. They are comparable because both are isolated from other people, albeit for different reasons. Crooks is left isolated from fellow ranch workers due to racial differences, same for Curley’s Wife but because she is s woman. However, the portrayal of Crooks shows that he is an understanding and composed person, completely different to Curley’s Wife. The differences between these characters prove to be greater than first expected when Curley’s Wife tells Crooks – “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger.
I could get you strung upon a tree so easy it ain’t even funny. ” These words indicate that Curley’s Wife is also in favour of using Crooks’ skin colour against him. Like the relationships shared by Curley’s Wife, with other ranch members, her relationship with Candy is not an appealing one. Having said this, both of these characters can once again relate to each other, through a sense of lonesomeness. Curley’s Wife and Candy definitely despise each other and this is visible through words such as “that bitch” and “you god damn tramp”, used by Candy, when talking about Curley’s Wife.
John Steinbeck shows a key connection in the relationship between Curley’s Wife and Lennie. Curley’s wife is a lot like Lennie in numerous ways; both are alone, controlled by those around them, not trusted because of what they are like and have dreams that they really wants to come true. We feel sorry for them because we can see that they desperately want to try and break free from the life they are caught up in, but George keeps Lennie behind, and Curley keeps his wife behind. They end up confiding in each other as the novel comes to an end. “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before.
Maybe I oughten to… ” When Curley’s Wife’s she says these words to Lennie in the barn, the reader realises that this is the first time Curley’s Wife has opened up to anyone. This results in the reader thinking that Curley’s Wife trusts Lennie. In conclusion, my opinion is that Curley’s Wife does seek attention; however this is only because she has been dispossessed of attention throughout her life. Her unwilling marriage to Curley, the fact that she could not accomplish her dream and her having a lack of friends and reverence made me feel regretful about my first impression of her.
Steinbeck presents Curley’s Wife in an apathetic way which robustly influences the reader’s image of her. Nevertheless, as the novel reaches its end this negative feeling received by the reader soon changes into that of commiseration. Steinbeck has created a character for us to feel sympathetic towards. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.