In Of Mice and Men, how would you personally describe Curley's Wife?

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Do you think she is just like Lennie or like Candy?

Posted Tue 22nd January, 2013 @ 16:25 by halimah

12 Answers

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What you need to remember about Curley's wife is that she is presented through the eyes of men, who see her in a overly sexualised manner. We cannot be sure if she is a "tart" or simply lonely (you can argue either point in an exam). It may appear that she uses her body in a sexual manner, but be aware that her body is of course the area that the men would be focussing on, and so we get a somewhat biased perspective. It's a man's world; and Curley's wife is perceived as being a thing, rather than a woman.

Through the eyes of the narrator, she is pathetic and flirtatious - but she has her own thoughts and feelings. The first time we're ever really told about her dreams; hopes and ambitions is right before she dies. This shows the hopelessness of her situation - we are given a glimpse into her true self and her true personality, and we begin to feel sympathy for her, but then she is killed. This shows that status will always triumph - in such a world, a young woman will never triumph. 

If the book was not written from such a male perspective, we may have more insight into her character (Steinbeck does this deliberately); but as it is, she serves to reiterate the painful weight of a failed dream. 

Answered Fri 22nd March, 2013 @ 18:39 by Ella
Edited by Ella on Fri 22nd March, 2013 @ 18:55
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Although, Curley's wife is lonely. In chapter 4 she belittles Crooks when he 'reduces himself to nothing' this can suggest she is trying to show she has some power.. due to the 1930s social exlusion and segregation of the black community.

Answered Fri 8th March, 2013 @ 14:24 by kiran
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She wants attention and she speaks about her mother, thinking she stole her letter, which is from a randomer who promised her an acting career implying she is naive. She then says, i married curley instead, suggesting that she wouldnt give in to the truth and continued to blame her mother showing she is incapable of making rational judgements for herself and being independant therefore being reduced to live on the ranch as a possesion: 'curley's wife'. A ranch where there are only men causing her to dress glamourously and extravagantly to get them to interact with her because she is lonely. I think she is like both Candy and Lennie, in the way that Candy has big dreams hoping to go in with George for the house but relatable to Lennie who has no companion other than George and depends on him greatly.

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 19:39 by Mullen
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A victim of marginalisation due to being a woman.

Answered Thu 21st March, 2013 @ 17:20 by Former Member
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She is lonely

Answered Tue 22nd January, 2013 @ 17:04 by divya
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curleys wife acts like a **** and she does this because shes lonely and craves attention she once dreamed of being a actor but she ended up being curleys wife. curleys wife has no identity as we never learn her name , she is a possession not a person . i personally think shes more like lennie because no-one understands her. Hope this helped 

Answered Fri 8th March, 2013 @ 11:57 by Abbie
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I'd say that Curly's Wife is a lonely, naive woman who's only way on knowing to get attention is by using her body as ways of attracting men.

Answered Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 19:08 by Ben V.
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Aulthough she is obviously attracting attention by using her body I think that she is actually very lonely since she is actually the only woman on the ranch.

Another interesting thing is how she is used as a vehicle for Steinbeck's views on racisim and discrimination when she wants to join Lennie, Candy and Crooks when they are sitting in Crooks' room but ends up insulting them and acting rudely, also He makes Her racism very obvious. This shows how he is agains the discrimination of all the people in the room because He gathers together all the outcasts together.

Hope it helped.

Answered Sun 17th March, 2013 @ 16:39 by Edward Longman
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She is extremely lonely, which is shown by her constant seeking for Curley. She is somewhat freed by her death, as only in that moment she is described as being beautiful, she is freed from the pain of her life of loneliness by Lennie when he accidentally kills her. She is also very naive and seems to exploit her power over Crooks in Section 4. However, she only has power due to her marrying Curely, which is ironic as it was Curley who prevented her from becoming an actress, which reflects how women were treated during this time. She also represents the fallen American Dream as she never achieves it. 

Answered Sun 17th March, 2013 @ 19:38 by JessToLetYouKnow
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You have to remember that this is a time when women were not treated equally to men. Think about the fact that she is only referred to as 'Curley's wife' not actually by her first name. It suggest that she isnt important enough for the aithr to give her one. Although she is the only women in the novel.

Answered Sun 10th November, 2013 @ 14:08 by Curlot
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A Big **** that had seveere daddy issues from her demonic, ithyphallic and pedophillic father.

Answered Tue 7th May, 2013 @ 12:41 by stephen lumbard
Edited by stephen lumbard on Tue 7th May, 2013 @ 12:43
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Answered Fri 22nd March, 2013 @ 16:34 by Nathan