Sunday, May 17, 2009

Of Mice and Men- First Essay

In the Novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, shows one of the important characters that is involved and conveys the theme, and a heart throbbing scene. Curley’s wife is one of the important characters, because her experiences in the novel make the story more entertaining.

Curleys’s wife was described as a, “purty” and fashionable young woman who married the bosses’ son at the ranch. “She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers…Married two weeks ago and got the eye”. Curly’s wife was very defensive over herself, sometimes she would yell with threats at the same time. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap... Well you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t funny”. But most of all, she would run around the ranch with excuses, when she’s actually looking for a conversation. “I’m looking for Curley… you’re the new fellas that just come ain’t ya... All the guys got a horseshoe tenement goin on’y about four o’clock. None of them guys is goin’ to live the tenement. Why can’t I talk to you?”

Curley’s wife is important in the scenes, because she shows her true identity and American dream, to Lennie with many opinions and regrets. “... Coulda been in the movies, an had nice clothes… coulda sat in them big hotels, an’ had pitchers took of me… when they had them previews I coulda went to them, an spoke on the radio…”. But when she took a step to far in trying to comfort Lennie, Curley’s wife didn’t live her dream or get near it. “When I’m doin my hair sometimes I jus’ set an’ stroke it’ cause it’s so soft… here-feel right here”. As Curley’s wife let Lennie stroke her hair, he started to mess it up and she began to panic. Lennie quickly wrapped his strong hands around her mouth and nose, but Curley’s wife wouldn’t stop squirming and yelling. “Let go…You let go!”, but Lennie held on so he wouldn’t get into trouble from George. “…And she continued to struggle, and her eyes were wild with terror. He shook her then he was angry… and he shook her (again), and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck.”

Curly’s wife is also important in the novel, because she introduces the theme of loneliness around the ranch. When she starts a conversation with Lennie in the barn, she admits her confessions and regrets about her present life. “… Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awfully lonely… Well I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” But the rumours around the ranch, ruin her chances of having friends, or someone to talk to, apart from Curley. “Know what I think… Well I think Curly’s married… a tart”. But the workers didn’t meet her; instead, they just looked at her appearance and lifestyle and judged her from there.

In conclusion the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck holds an important character that was involved in a judgemental theme and dreadful scene. Curley’s wife was very defensive and lonely, but she had many regrets, that put her in a place where she dreamt of, that came to soon.

1 comment:

  1. Merit. Just. A few fluency errors that could be improved. Try reading it aloud. Your structure is spot on Losalini! Well done. Try to ensure your introduction is ver clear, maybe try to be even more direct in your link to the question. Make sure you quotes don't outway the explanations. Good work!