English Literature - OMAM - Curley's Wife Character Profile

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  • Curley's Wife
    • Housewife
    • She has no name or identity
      • She is only a possession of her husband, under his control.
        • Housewife
        • Curley see's her talking to other people as flirting. However she doesn't know how else to talk to people, particularly men.
      • Common attitude towards women at the time.
      • 'Her voice has a nasal, brittle quality.'
        • At first she appears to be very attractive, being described as 'purty' by the men.
          • However actually retains a lot of unattractive features.
            • Appears malicious, but really is just naive and lonely.
        • She is more than she first appears to be.
          • Appears malicious, but really is just naive and lonely.
      • 'I get lonely, I can't talk to nobody but Curley.' (p85)
        • As a woman and wife was expected to stay at home.
        • Curley see's her talking to other people as flirting. However she doesn't know how else to talk to people, particularly men.
      • 'I never got that letter, I always thought my old lady stole it.' (p87)
        • There is more to her than her flirting.
        • Had a difficult upbringing with a strict mother.
        • Men took advantage of her by telling her 'she could be in the movies' or that she had 'natural talent.'
          • Very misunderstood,
          • Only wanted some attention and was very guillable.
            • Never meant to cause harm, but was lonely and naive about her actions.
      • 'Any you boys seen Curley?'
        • Always asks the same question.
        • The only acceptable reason for her to leave the house on her own is to look for her husband.
          • Typical of the time.
      • 'the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face' (p91)
        • Describing her body after death.
        • 'and the' adds emphasis on each aspect.
        • She wore a mask of suffering.
          • Only released from her suffering in death.
            • Suffering of loneliness as a result of sexist attitudes.
        • 'very pretty and simple and her face was sweet and young'
          • What she was underneath all her suffering.
          • She wore a mask of suffering.
            • Only released from her suffering in death.
              • Suffering of loneliness as a result of sexist attitudes.
          • Contrasting description.
            • 'Her voice has a nasal, brittle quality.'
              • At first she appears to be very attractive, being described as 'purty' by the men.
                • However actually retains a lot of unattractive features.
                • She is more than she first appears to be.

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