John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essays

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Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ shows a great deal of feelings towards and from Curley’s wife. In this novel the character’s feelings towards the only women on the ranch can be said to stay the same even after certain life-changing events occur to these characters; whereas Curley’s wife’s feelings only really change at the very end of her time in the novel, where she is shown even a little bit of kindness.
One of the feelings that are shown towards (and even from) Curley’s wife is one of objectification. This feeling is constant throughout the novel and is especially seen when at the beginning of the novel Steinbeck says “Lennie’s eyes moved down over her body” to which “she bridled a little”. This suggests that even though she has only about three sentences to him he is already looking at her as if she were his prey; therefore it is obvious that Lennie is already objectifying the woman as he wasn’t listening to her words but instead he was looking at her appearance. Also the verb ‘bridled’ suggests that she does not want him looking at her like that and that she does not enjoy men looking at her like she is weak and vulnerable like prey is. Through this Steinbeck is trying to suggest that though a woman might be perceived a dainty, by men, it does not mean women themselves think that and, in fact, women can be strong and stubborn, like Curley’s wife is. Steinbeck’s use of the earlier imagery of Curley’s wife allows a reason for Lennie to be staring at her because Steinbeck…

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