John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Male”: Character Analysis of Curley’s Wife
At first the character of Curley’s Wife is explained to the readers by the men on the cattle ranch that George and Lennie last work on, in their discussions with each other, before Curley’s Other half’s character is completely presented with speech and description of physical appearance. Expressions, such as the idiom “she got the eye”, are utilized to explain her, indicating that she is promiscuous and flirtatious, something that is later on stressed by her being referred to by the derogatory regard to “tart?, implying that she is suggestive and maybe even similar to a woman of the street in terms of the method she portrays herself.
The word “tart” could also recommend that she presents herself flamboyantly in front of the guys at the ranch, highlighting her desperation for attention. The truth that she is wed and is still promiscuous and portrays herself flamboyantly in front of other guys could recommend that she is unfaithful and immoral, or additionally that her sexual needs are not fulfilled by her other half, offering a reasonable explanation to why Curley uses a glove “fulla vasaline”, something that is viewed as “dirty” by George.
She is described to be “heavily made up” which might contribute to her being unfaithful and false as she almost is disguised and concealed by cosmetics, covering her genuine natural appearance. Steinbeck actively conveys Curley’s Other half adversely through the ranch guys in order to develop a preliminary cynical and hateful technique towards her character by the readers. The absence of power and authority that focuses on Curley’s Wife is personified through her being referred to as either merely somebody’s other half, or, through negative terms such as “tart” and “jailbait”, by the males at the ranch.
Her absence of identity might be a symbol actively produced by the author to inform the readers about the insignificance of a woman’s function in society during the Great Depression, and how men were much more dominant in relationships, leading to women having unequal, if any, power. Guys are shown to be more dominant as rather of Curley being referred to as his partner’s husband; his wife is referred to as his wife, and never ever by her own name. Also, her being talked about as somebody’s wife could recommend she is seen more as an ownership than a person.
Moreover her absence of identity straight away demotes her status at the ranch, making her seem unimportant and also making her comparable to other helpless and low status people on the ranch such as Sweet and Criminals. There is a sense of paradox in section 4 when Curley’s Partner refers to Crooks, Sweet and Lennie as the “weak ones” on the ranch, when they have been left behind by other workers who have actually headed out, whereas she does not even acknowledge the fact that she isn’t even called by her name, and is seen more of a possession and product of Curley, rather than an individual.
As the unique advances and develops, so does the character of Curley’s Wife. Curley’s Wife is represented as vibrant and hazardous character when she is fully presented, developing her from being somebody who isn’t understood well or cared about, to someone who is feared, as she is prevented by everybody, thus making her effective. At times it seems that even her own other half is trying to abandon her as she is constantly “Trying to find Curley”. Part of the reason to why she is prevented consists of the ranch employees considering her as “jailbait” and a “rat trap”.
The words “bait” and “trap” are cross linked as one has connotations such as allurement, temptation and suggest her being intriguing, where the other has connotations such as worry suffering and indicate her being hazardous, therefore showing her as effective. The colour of her lips is red, “rouged lips”, her nails are red “her fingernails were red” and, the colour of her shoes is red “she wore/. red mules”. The colour red has undertones such as fire, fury, suffering and discomfort, stressing the point that she is dangerous.
Additionally, the colour red also has undertones such as romance, allurement, seduction and desire, stressing the point that she is intriguing and “bait” like, as she leads people into jeopardy. In addition, the reality that Lennie’s referred to as a “bull” by George and Curley’s Partner is shown to pick red as her main colour for her look even more emphasises the point that she is provocative as in bull battling the bull fighter utilizes a red coloured cloth to worsen the bull and make it follow the fighter.
Steinbeck might have also done this to give the readers an idea and a running start about Curley’s Spouse’s and George and Lennie’s fate, how she is bound to doom the 2. Likewise, Steinbeck uses light to symbolically reveal that Curley’s wife can be daunting and commanding as when she goes into the barn home the light is eliminated, “The rectangular shape of sunshine in the entrance was cut off.” Her removing light produces darkness which is symbolism for malevolence and evil, therefore representing how harmful she is which then emphasises her power.
Steinbeck uses different techniques, such as the description of Curley’s Other half’s look, to additional contribute to our initial negative perceptions of her. Our unfavorable sensations toward Curley’s Better half start to alter when she enters Scoundrels’ room where he is speaking to Lennie and Candy. Curley’s Partner gets in and uses the exact same excuse for her arrival, she is searching for Curley. As the whole ranch men fear her, Candy and Criminals grimace down “away from her eyes”, showing the strength of her power over them that they are too afraid to even take a look at her.
At this moment, our despiteful understandings of her grow further as she makes the currently unpleasant and downhearted males really upset, and even exploits their fears when she threatens Crooks, making him “pushed/. against the wall” with fright, “I might get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even amusing”. After cold and actions from the guys paired with their desire for her to leave them alone, we see that the only reason Curley’s Better half is so threatening and attention seeking, is because of her isolation “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ every now and then?, and desire to live life and enjoy herself rather of staying caught in her house “Think I like to stick in that home alla time? “. The use of rhetorical concerns mentions that Steinbeck desires the readers to reflect on the negatives of her life, producing compassion and compassion towards her character from the readers, a modification from the earlier hate and anger. Curley’s Partner likewise utilizes the rhetorical question to show to the guys how obvious it is that she’s living a miserably tiresome way of life, which again acquires compassion from the readers.
Additionally, Steinbeck might have used these rhetorical concerns to inform and remind the readers once again about the insignificance of a lady’s role in society at that time, and also the function of a common domestic spouse, simply staying and house without any type whatsoever of home entertainment. Likewise, Steinbeck makes Curley’s Other half use sarcasm while describing her husband to the men “Swell guy, ain’t he?” to plainly imply her disliking for her and resentfulness for her hubby.
The readers start to feel even more for her as we realise that she is girl who has made a bad decision, resulting in the ordeal of her costs the rest of her life with someone she doesn’t even like, let alone love. Our compassion for her boosts when she discusses how regardless of the people she talks with are no other way near her perfect option, she still enjoys it as it’s the only contact she has with anybody else “an’ likin’ due to the fact that they ain’t no one else”.
Her disliking for him is stressed when she applauds Lennie for hurting her spouse, speak about he deserves it and when she wants she could do it herself “He got it comin’ to him. Sometimes I ‘d like to bus him myself”. In the final scene, Steinbeck changes all of our initial negative understandings of Curley’s Better half when she discusses her life with Lennie. Straight away we see her desperation for a normal discussion with someone as out of all of the men, the just one she can talk to is the one who is mentally handicapped and who she considers “a dum– dum”, nevertheless she still picks to speak with him.
Also, Steinbeck mentions how she uses different ways to approach “came very quietly” and remain in a long conversation “she altered the subject” with individuals, displaying how she requires to discover brand-new ways, such as secretly approaching or subject altering, to be able to come close to someone or last in a even short conversation with individuals, which once again acquires sympathy and pity from the audience. This desperation is later stressed as Steinbeck explains how Curley’s Wife “hurried before her listener could be taken away”.
Her consolidating Lennie about him killing his pup entirely alters any despiteful or even remotely unfavorable understandings we had of her because it demonstrates how she wasn’t utilizing her looks to get individuals in problem, but to just have a typical conversation with her and likewise it eliminates the fact that she likes to torment powerless individuals, e. g. Crooks, as she shows her understanding side towards Lennie when she can quickly frighten him even more and tell George.
She continues and talks about how instead of living a tedious and dog’s life with someone she doesn’t remotely like, she might have lived the amazing attractive way of life of a Hollywood actor, and how her mother, a very essential and dear figure in her life, betrayed her, ending her up with Curley. Steinbeck makes the readers almost want to help Curley’s better half after making them see the life she is currently living, and seeing the life she might have lived.
An example of this is when she speaks about how she lives in a “two-by-four home”, and hates listening her other half’s tales whereas she could have had “pitchers took of” her while she was in “big hotels”. Her thinking negatively about all of the dearest figures in life, e. g. her hubby and mother, conveys how she has no one she can rely on or trust. Steinbeck demonstrates how she has actually now become so desperate for attention that despite seeing all of the previous effects of Lennie cuddling soft things and hearing about them from him “An’ then he was dead”, she allows him to feel her hair, causing her suffering death.
All of our initial concepts and perceptions about her being powerful, bold and hazardous modification totally as dies. We think that she passes away helplessly and having a hard time, through the simile utilized by Steinbeck “her body tumbled like a fish”, as fish move extremely quick and vigorously when they are out of water. Furthermore, Steinbeck referring to her as a little, harmless animal removes all ideas we initially had about her being effective and makes us like her even more. Curley’s Other half remains constant throughout the text.
However our viewpoints of her change. We initially think about her as a tart and a flirt who declines to by her hubby’s side. As we hear more of her own words we start to feel a lot more compassion for her. We are never ever told her name. To the men she is constantly the home of Curley and, since of this, ought to not wander off from him. Her dreams were shattered by marriage and her relatively young life interrupted by her desire for human contact. Steinbeck has actually produced a character for us to feel sympathetic towards.