What's the importance of Curley's wife's dream in "Of Mice and Men"?

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I'm preparing for a Unit 2 Language paper on "Of Mice and Men" and I was wondering, what does Curley's wife's dream add to the novel? Quotations from the text would be good thanks :)

Posted Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 15:00 by Sarina Patel

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I think that it shows just how naive she is and how everything that she tries to be isn't real, she's just a girl really.

Hope that helps a little or starts you thinking, good luck with your exam :)

Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 15:56 by Lucy Carr
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Thank you, that really helped. I didn't really think that she was naive before :)

Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 16:02 by Sarina Patel
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I agree with Lucy, it seems as the idea of being a tart is like a mask that unravels throughout the course of the book. I believe that the façade was simply due to the fact that she felt weak from within, hence needed to cover up. The way she dresses and the idea of her flirting constantly can be justified by the idea of her being extremely lonely due to the idea her only companion and reason to be there, her husband - Curley, clearly ignores her and keeps her like some thing to keep on show rather than someone. The way she is referred to as "Curley's Wife" reinforces that idea, as well as evoke the feeling he has some sort of control and power over her. The only other character addressed without a name is Candy's dog - so maybe there is some sort of link. In brief, I do believe that Curley's wife isn't the dangerous, negative person she is seen as. - For a good quotation near the end when she dies there is a description of her which is simple and beautiful, maybe this suggests the real here, this could what was behind all that make up. 

Good luck with your exam, hope that helped:)!

Answered Tue 29th May, 2012 @ 06:32 by Prit:)