Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Q) How does Steinbeck present the good and bad in Curley’s wife? Of mice and men is a novel written by John Steinbeck, which was published in 1937. This novel is set in the 1930’s America when women’s were being oppressed. This story informs the reader about Steinbeck’s experience in those particular times, as people with different races, disabilities and especially women were treated poorly and below their status. When Curley’s wife first appears in the book, she is described negatively by the writer. For instance her first appearance is in the bunkhouse, “...the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in.” This makes the reader feel disturbed, as Curley’s wife has brought darkness which surrounds the ranch. The word ‘cut’ is vital because it is sharp and suggests pain. Therefore, Steinbeck tries to create a bad impression for her character due to her first entrance in the novel. This suggests to the reader that she will have some form of danger throughout the story, which makes her a very important character. Steinbeck describes her first entrance in the novel as the colour ‘red’, for example, “Her fingernails were red.” This indicates that women had arrogance in their appearance because in the 1930’s it was a very difficult time for women to gain interest from men, as they mainly were considered as sexual objects and below their values. The author uses a simple adjective ‘red’, but it is enough to describe her personality,
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