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Of Mice and Men is not kind in its portrayel of women In fact women are treated with contempt throughout the course of the novel Steinbeck generally depicts women as being troublemakers who bring ruin on men and drive them mad Curleys wife who walks the ranch as a temptress seems to be a prime example of this destructive tendency - Curleys already bad temper has only worsened since their wedding Aside from wearisome wives Of Mice and Men offers limited rather misogynistic descriptions of women who are either dead maternal figures or prostitutes The fact that she is not given a name only adds to her lack of status Despite this Curleys wife does emerge as quite a complex and interesting character Initially she does appear to be quite a simple character as she is described as having got the eye and being a tart Again when we see here for the first time it is clear that she is seen as a dangerous sexual character Her rouged lips red nails and red mules emphasise her dangerous role Her negative description is furthur developed with the ironic cutting off of the light foreshadowing her role in destroying everyones dreams and Lennies life We are encouraged to dislike her as she acts provocatively towards the men and behaves inappropriately for a male dominated ranch environment Georges comment that she is jail bait furthur ensues that we see her as a danger particularly as he almost predicts Lennies future entanglement We only begin to see her in more depthand feel sympathy for her when she shows her obvious fear for Curley when she becomes apprehensive at the mention of him looking for her This made me begin to wonder about and that she may be more than just a tart Steinbeck continues our negative view of her when we see the fight between Lennie and Curley If it wasnt for her flirtatious manner Curley would
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