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    My exam board I WJEC but any rough idea of what mark I would get. It is out of 20 marks.
    The reader is presented with a negative impression of her before she is properly introduced. She is initially criticized by Candy “tart”. As the reader comes to trust Candy’s judgment, the reader views her with suspicion. George is immediately suspicious of her and is wary of her as she is a catalyst for trouble. He regards her as a “tramp” and “jail bait”. The reader sees sexism through the ranch men’s behavior towards her. George’s suspicion comes from the sexist society in 1930’s America. This is reiterated through the fact we only know her as “Curley’s wife”. It shows that she is her husband’s possession and is not allowed to be her own person and have an identity. It is evident that society was misogynistic and this is why ranch men view her as “trouble”, however there is an underlying innocence and naivety about her. Steinbeck deliberately shows men at the time were often suspicious of women.
    Steinbeck reaffirms this negative viewpoint through his description of her the first time we meet her. Her appearance is flamboyant and extravagant which appears to be at odds with her life “red mules” and “ostrich feathers”. She flaunts herself to the other ranch men though her overt sexual behavior and her attractive appearance because she craves attention but this could also be because she doesn’t know how else to behave. She is also described as heavily made up” however her dress is of serviceable fabrics which indicate she is not living the lifestyle she wants to live. The “red mules” attract attention but can also suggest danger. This could foreshadow later events in the novella such as her and Lennie’s inevitable demise. She like many other women at the time were desperate for a more glamorous lifestyle and were constantly trying to escape the boundaries of their lives.
    Curley’s wife is marginalized in society because she is a woman. She appears to be trapped by her gender and is constantly trying to escape her reality and loneliness. The fact that Steinbeck writes her character as not having a real name prevents the likelihood that she would have any personal relationships with the ranch men including her husband as she is simply an object not her own person. The disassociation with the boss and Curley distances her from the powers of the ranch. However in turn, her association with authority in that she lives in the boss’ house and is married to Curley prevents her from building a relationship with the ranchers as she is seen as a woman of power despite the fact that she is actually very low on the hierarchy in terms of her freedom and rights. Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to highlight the lack of freedom women had in an American 1930’s society.
    Not only is Curley’s wife described as floozy, but also threatening. Upon entering crooks’ room, it is made apparent to the reader that crooks and candy are afraid of her due to her association with power and the fact she is a catalyst for trouble ”scowled down away from her eyes”. The deliberate prevention of eye contact indicates this fear but also suggest that they do not feel the need to dignify her with eye contact. The word “scowling” shows the presence of her is displeasing to Candy and Crooks. Eventually Curley’s wife explodes in a series of threats towards Crook’s when he stands up for himself as she believes she has power over him. Crook’s is then forced to retract all emotion and becomes weak and submissive as he knows his place. In this encounter, the reader begins to understand the cause of her hostility as it is mentioned that she wants to “bust” Curley. This hints at domestic abuse which was generally accepted in a 1930’s society where men overpowered women. The fact she admits to wanting to hurt Curley combined with Curley’s volatile and aggressive behavior creates good suspicion that she does indeed suffer domestic abuse. This would partially excuse her hostility as she is mirroring the only atmosphere she is around whilst in the presence of her husband.
    Curley's Wife dreams of becoming an actress, men told her she could fulfill this dream but they always let her down, because of this her dream crumbled and she married Curley. Having heard about George and Lennie's dream it’s made her think about her dream again, it makes her resent the fact that she married Curley she feels if she hadn't of married him then she could have been famous. She is now living in her failure and has no longer a dream to aim for, other than somehow escaping from her horrible husband Curley.
    The reader hears her inner feelings when she confides in Lennie. This shows her vulnerability, her isolation and how unfairly her life has treated her. The reader sympathizes and empathizes with her as it is clear that she is constantly looking for an escape from the boundaries of her life. Curley was meant to offer her a new life, free from her mother however she only ends up more trapped with a worse life than the one she was initially trying to escape. She symbolizes the fact that women in 1930’s society had very little power. Steinbeck teaches the reader that it is wrong to marginalize women. Women like Curley’s wife were branded as “tarts” but in reality, she simply craves to relieve her loneliness. Only in death is Curley’s wife able to reconcile her dream of being in the “pictures” and truly be at peace.
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    This is very good! You have managed to include quotes that are imbedded and used contextual ideas from historical and Steinbeck's context too. I'd give this 19/20
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    (Original post by Ltaylor10)
    This is very good! You have managed to include quotes that are imbedded and used contextual ideas from historical and Steinbeck's context too. I'd give this 19/20

    Thank you
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    (Original post by sjstevendale)
    Thank you so much
    you've included context which is important this year, very selective quotes, refers to steinbeck, refers to effects on readers at the beginning, mentioned probably most of the themes regarding curley's wife, although i would write a bit more regarding her makeup, you've covered most of her appearences in the book. im not sure if in literature this counts but your vocabs are so wide and sophisticated, wish i have that much vocabs it's very good i'd give it 19/20 too
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    I agree with the above comments. Its very good, sounds very fluent. And I learnt a new word haha
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    you've included context which is important this year, very selective quotes, refers to steinbeck, refers to effects on readers at the beginning, mentioned probably most of the themes regarding curley's wife, although i would write a bit more regarding her makeup, you've covered most of her appearences in the book. im not sure if in literature this counts but your vocabs are so wide and sophisticated, wish i have that much vocabs it's very good i'd give it 19/20 too
    Thanks, I will definitely do more on her appearance
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    (Original post by _ariane29)
    I agree with the above comments. Its very good, sounds very fluent. And I learnt a new word haha
    Hahha. Thank you
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    Sj, please help me on how to use this. I don't know if I posted something or not 😥
 
 
 
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