How Curley’s Wife Is Presented as a Villian

One of the ways Steinbeck shows Curlers Wife as a villain Is by portraying her as a tart. In chapter two, Candy quotes “Well, I think Curlers married . A tart. ” In this chapter she Is presented negatively, he uses his context to show she is a trouble maker and an attention seeker. The fact candy has labeled her a tart so soon makes us assume she Is the villain In this novel. In the same chapter It Is written ‘She had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung up in little rolled clusters, like sausages.

She wore a cotton house dress ND red mules. ‘ This quote shows she is covered in red – the color of the devil – therefore she holds the characteristics of a devil too with an evil and manipulating personality. All of these traits are characteristic of clothing and cosmetics that might be worn by a prostitute – someone who often leads men on. The outcome makes the reader believe she is a villain as it has been established from the very start. However, red also represents the color of love and passion, showing us she is the total opposite of what we assume.

She is pre-Judged by the other men when they don’t now a thing about her, she might be an Innocent and sweet girl but they do not see beyond the outer exterior of her. When she Is first Introduced In the book, she Is seemed as the one to blame for everything that goes wrong. Chapter two: ‘Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine In the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in. ‘ The light – representing hope and reams is cut off by her shadow, she casts a shadow over their George and Line’s dream. This foreshadows the death of their dream and her involvement in this; it is also significant as she appears Just after George and Leonie have discussed their plans if they get involved in any trouble. Although, she could be seen as an angel, the light is shining behind her and she is the key to happiness. In this quote the forces of good and the forces of evil come into conflict. This makes us wonder whether she is an angel or devil but I think it’s our own interpretations that confirm our thoughts of her.

Throughout the book we see a spiteful side to her; in chapter 4 she speaks to Crooks saying Well, you keep your place then, Enlarger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy It Alan even noun. ‘ This was the first time Crooks had opened up out of his shell for the only to get knocked back down by Curler’s wife. “Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego’ Our sympathy automatically goes towards Crooks, he means nothing to Curlers wife and she shows that by using racism, stating the most obvious; the color of his skin and stereotyping all black men as sexual predators.

In spite of this, we could also feel sorry for her too as she is being targeted by Candy and Crooks telling her to get out and that she is not wanted here. The only ay she feels secure again is to fight back by verbally abusing them back to their place and claiming the authority she thinks she holds. Anything she does, including her death, somehow affects everyone around her. Chapter 5 concludes her role In the book, Candy says You done It, adult you? I expose you’re glad. Everybody endowed you’d mess things up.

You wasn’t no good. You Alan no good now, you lousy tart. ‘ She ruined the chances of George, Leonie & Candy getting their own land, she lead Leonie to his death and because of this we feel pity and sorrow for the unfulfilled desires ND her encouraging Leonie. Despite this, it shows her visualization, even in her death she is still getting cursed upon. In such circumstances there is no sympathy to be felt by the ranch workers as they’re thoughts are only concentrating on the mess she has caused for Leonie. Is Curlers Wife presented as a villain or a victim in John Steinbeck ‘Of Mice and Men? # question argued essay (above) asking written as character evil,someone deserving sympathy? # AS Novel sass’s, written era Wall Street Crash lead leaving 1000 unemployed rich poor overnight. # Many dreams get out uncial crisis – links theme dreams shown throughout book& American Dream. ## story follow 2 migrant workers, through Journey achieve dream possess own piece land they call theirs’. # 2 peripatetic workers’ dreams shattered existence COW – symbolized death of L. Main themes loneliness, dreams, racism, sexism alienation – most characters affected by at least 1 these throughout -poem, ‘To a mouse’ by the Scottish Robert Burns ‘The best laid plans of mice and men Gang aft agley (often go wrong) and leaves us enough but grief and pain for promised Joy. #quote American Dream never achievable, realize through the story , G&L never achieve dream, COWS dream become star was taken away her. # COW main character Looking at essay; wife Curler -boss’ son. # seen very flirtatious, promiscuous attitude, soon find out opposite to that, sweet girl underneath act. Dream-become a worldwide Hollywood actress, never achieve it, married Curler, only way prove mum she’ll become someone; offered secure home, thought be happy with him but proved her wrong. ## never find name, only know COW, shows role women those days & didn’t have important role society, referring to misogynistic attitudes of men throughout novel also questioning whether Steinbeck was sexist. # Book portrays women-maternal figures, prostitutes only bring ruin men#Anything she does will be Judged upon along being ignored&alienated ranch workers. Her purpose simple in books starting pages?she is “tramp,” “tart,” and “pitch” threatening destroy male happiness however later book she become dif character. # confronts Leonie, Candy, crooks in stable, admits feeling dissatisfied with life. # At moment she vulnerable – admitting Leonie dream becoming movie star – making her human instead of fake tart washed red usually see. # However, old character reinforced again, in moment of vulnerability; COW seeks greater weaknesses others, preying upon Line’s mental handicap, Candy weak age, the color Crook’s skin in order feel secure. ## One of the ways Steinbeck shows COW as villain is portraying her tart. Chapter 2, Candy quotes “Well, I think Curlers married …. A tart. ” In chapter she presented negatively, uses his context show she’s trouble maker attention seeker#fact candy as labeled her tart so soon makes us assume she villain in this novel. #same chapter written ‘She had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung up in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules. # quote shows covered in red -devil – therefore holds characteristics devil too with evil manipulating personality. #All these traits R characteristic of clothing &cosmetics-might be worn by a prostitute – someone often leads men on. # outcome makes reader believe she villain has been established room start. However, red color of love passion, showing us total opposite of what assume# She pre-Judged by other men when don’t know her, might be innocent wet book, seemed 1 to blame everything 4 goes wrong. Chapter two: ‘Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.

A girl was standing there looking in. ‘# light – hope dreams – cut off by shadow, she casts shadow over G&L dream# foreshadows death of their dream & her involvement; significant she appears after G&L discussed their plans if get involved in trouble#Although, loud be seen as angel, light is shining behind her,she key to happiness. #this quote forces of good forces of evil come into conflict# makes us wonder whether she angel or devil but I think lour own interpretations confirm our thoughts her## Throughout book we see spiteful side to her; chapter 4 speaks Crooks saying Well, you keep your place then, Niger.

I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it mint even funny. ‘ first time Crooks opened up out of shell only to get knocked back down COW. “Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego’ Our sympathy automatically goes Crooks, he means nothing to COW & she shows by using racism, stating most obvious; color his skin& stereotyping all black men as sexual predators. Spite of this, we could also feel sorry for her too , being targeted Candy&Crooks -get out, wanted here. Only way feels secure again -fight back verbally abusing them back their place &claiming authority she thinks holds. # Anything does, including death, somehow affects everyone. Chapter 5 concludes role in book, Candy says You done it, didn’t you? I expose you’re glad. Everybody endowed you’d mess things up. You wasn’t no good. You mint no good now, you lousy tart. ‘ She ruined chances of G;L ; Candy getting own land, lead Leonie to his death because this, feel pity sorrow for identifiable desires caused.

This makes us believe ;blame COW everything bad happening ; her encouraging Leonie. Despite this, shows her visualization, even death she still getting cursed upon. Such circumstances no sympathy to be felt by ranch workers they’re thoughts only concentrating mess she caused Leonie. ###Other hand, there are many times we can see her as a victim. # Chapter 5 “l get lonely,” she said. Off can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curler. Else he gets mad. Hood you like not to talk to anybody? #explains why always focused on appearance, she hungry for attention from ranch workers, Leonie first person to give her she wants – attention – therefore has desire get to know him but it goes to far. # In Ass’s letter: ‘If you could ever break down the thousand little defenses she has built up to protect herself, you would find a nice person, and honest person, and you would end up by loving her. ‘ # put on an act wall , you cannot break, if you did, love who she really is ,as it’s impossible,never find out who she deep down. Sweet side of her is seen a little when talking to Crooks candy about how lionhearted she feels, but once again when guard has dropped gets hurt ; has to build up her wall. Makes the reader realize why she acts way she does we pity her understand why she is the way she is.