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Curley's Wife Essay

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Curley's Wife ============= Initially, Curley's wife is explained to the reader via the remarks of the men on the ranch. Candy tells Lennie and George when he first meets them that she ' got the attention' for the guys on the ranch, even though she's just been married to Curley for fourteen days. Candy thinks she's 'a tart'. We first meet Curley's wife when she comes to the bunkhouse, when Lennie and George are in there. She is apparently searching for Curley but she knows that new guys have arrived. Steinbeck gives a detailed description of her as she stands in the doorway of the bunkhouse and talks to Lennie and George. She is 'heavily composed', with 'complete rouged lips' and crimson fingernails. Her body language is provocative as she positions herself in the doorway so that 'her entire body was thrown forwards'. She smiles 'archly' and 'twitched her body'. The general impression the reader gains is of a young woman who's pretty and wants the interest of guys. George's reaction to Curley's wife, however, makes the reader realize that she is a potential threat to the two men. George sees her 'poison' and 'jailbait'. He's mad with Lennie's admiration of her 'she's purty' and fiercely tells him that he must stay away from her. 'Do not you even take a peek at this bitch.' Afterwards, when we find out exactly what happened at Weed, where Lennie frightens a woman by yanking her dress and they are forced to flee the city from a lynch mob, we understand why George is so alarmed that she is going to be the source of more trouble for them. Whit's opinion of Curley's wife is one of bewilderment, he sees the flirty overall look and only sees a girl trying too seek attention, but he doesn't know why she behaves like.

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