"Curley's wife lay with a half-covering of yellow hay. And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young. Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly. The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head, and her lips were parted."
What can 'perspective' and 'insightful' comments can be make out of this passage?
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- 16-05-2015 13:36
- 16-05-2015 14:12
she is now presented as a child and she is now finally set free from constantly trying to attract attention. the repetitive colour imagery of 'red' is effective as it shows the novels cyclical structure, when Steinbeck describes her as 'alive and sleeping very lightly' he could be trying to suggest that her life was not worth living and she is now better off dead rather than having to live in a sexist society where she was restricted from being able to achieve the American dream or her very own dream.
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- 16-05-2015 14:31
"discontent" - indicates her unhappy marriage with curley.
"ache for attention" suggests her attention seeking nature was to battle the loneliness she felt as being a woman in an all-male world, she craved for human companionship which explains her flirtatious behaviour.
Now she is dead, Steinbeck describes her as "sweet and young", she seems more "alive" than ever which is ironic as she was inferior compared the the ranchmen. Her death is caused by her need for attention which is why she seeks out Lennie. As she dies, her dream of becoming a moviestar also dies along with her which also shows the american dream was just a fantasy for security in the economic depression.
I think when describing Curley's wife you should compare her from the start of the novella to the end and what has changed. Also the setting on page 100-101 describes the atmosphere linked to her death which I find easier to analyse:
- "the quiet of the afternoon" , calm before the storm.
- "and movement stopped for much much more than a moment" emphasises that the moment in time has stopped, everything has come to a halt. her heartbeat stopped and everything falls silent, it focuses on her death and symbolises the death of dreams too. the 'm' is a gentle hum that highlights sadness and grief. metaphorically the novel has come to an end and all hope has been lost.
Evaluate that the reader now feels sympathy for her as in this section, the reader finds out curley's wife is not just a "tart" but instead a woman who tumbled out her words in "passion"
- 16-05-2015 14:43
At the end of the day she's still a HoHoHoe