Why did Steinbeck give Curley's wife the attention she craved, only when she is dead?

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Of Mice and Men - Curley's Wife help! Thanks :)

Posted Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 17:05 by Emily

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This is because it is in death that she is finally free of oppression from a male-dominated society, and while she was still alive she tried to gain attention by flaunting herself in a provocative way and in a sexual way, while when she's died she's just 'pretty and simple' which could suggest that in death the interior to her promiscuous exterior is revealed and that she's getting attention for her true self, rather than the sexually provocative side of her-I'm not completely sure if this is right.

Oh, and it's also because attention was basically her dream, and it reflects how unachievable the dream is in life, and that she only found her dream in death, which links to Lennie's death-he dies picturing himself 'tending the rabbits' at he and George's own plot of land-both had more chance of achieving their dream in death rather than life, if that makes any sense?

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 21:42 by EstherTheBunny
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To give the reader a sence of pitty over the character. :)

Answered Mon 7th January, 2013 @ 17:18 by Charlotte Richardson
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To portray how women were under valued when they were alive. And also to show they took women for granted, so she was ignored during her time of living, but as soon as she died, they felt the difference, and then she became 'noticed'.

Answered Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 00:31 by Jennifer
Edited by Jennifer on Tue 8th January, 2013 @ 00:33