Curley's Wife

Analysis of Curley's Wife

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    • Name
      • 'Curley's wife' is always shown with an apostrophe, this shows she is Curley's property, possession or belonging, just like his horse, hat or gun. The apostrophe also shows she has no identity hence no name.
        • Curley's wife is called 'Curley's wife' because it highlights how there was this lack of equality between males and females.
          • Flat characters are used as a writers technique to develop the plot. Curley's wife is a flat character she is used to cause the tension between Curley and Lennie. she is just used to develop things in other characters therefore, she does not need a name.
    • Appearance
      • 'She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red'. The colour red symbolises danger and also, red. This gives the first impression that she is a sexual character as the colour red has connotations of lust and passion
    • Personality
      • 'Think I don't like to talk to somebody ever, once in a while' this gives us a impression that she is isolated and lonely like the other on the ranch. But unlike the others she can get the attention that she wants through her sexuality.
    • Lonlieness
      • Curley's wife is lonely as she is a women in a male dominated ranch but she battles her loneliness by using her sexuality.


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