Curly's wife blocks the light, and the light symbolises hope for their future. However sincere and pitiable these complaints may be, she is ultimately a self-absorbed, manipulative figure in the scene. He shakes her violently, telling her to keep quiet so that George doesn't hear her. It is as though he casts her sentience itself as her worst characteristic. She insists that she could have been an actress. The arial view shows her helplessness and makes the dove seem like her soul leaving her body.
Like the other people on the ranch, she is very lonely and has dreams of a better life which never come true. Curelys wife is suggesting that they are weaker because of their incapacity to take part in some of the activities other men can. Her beauty is such that perhaps that dream might have come true. And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. Although,as she slowly opens up to Lennie, despite his lack of interest, the reader gains more and more knowledge about the truth of Curley's wife's personality, her innocence and dire need for escape and the drive to fulfill her dream that still remains, despite the circumstances. He started a fight when he thought that there was something going on between his wife and Slim. She's basically like the , only less tech-savvy.
How is this characterization different to that of the original novel by steinbeck? George's choice of words is apt. Such a reaction does not appear in the book. But then, the events of the chapter ought to surprise no one, really. Using this information I will draw a conclusion about her personality and nature. He tells us that '.
Also think about the idea that men are just as much a victim of the degradation of women as it makes them fearful of them. Steinbeck seems to show, through Curley's wife, that even the worst of us have our humanity. This implies that Curley's wife is not happy with her marriage, and is seeking attention from the other men due to a lack of attention from Curley. This could perhaps be due to the fact that he never actually intended to send her a letter. Carlson returns and announces that his Luger has been stolen. The candidate makes the point that Curley's wife is manipulative but fails to back this up with evidence - an investigation of the language chosen by Steinbeck may have shown how she is sexually manipulative, but does not appear to be sexually overt with Lennie in the barn - perhaps an interesting discussion point.
Indeed, to pile indignity upon indignity, the final time we encounter her corpse occurs when Candy curses at it, calling her a tramp and a tart. Met him out to the Riverside Dance that same night. He blames Lennie for the theft. It is not just ethnic racism but physical. For Lennie, however, the two actions are roughly equivalent - in both cases, he simply feels that he risks losing George's permission to tend the rabbits. She lies dead on the hay.
Analysis This chapter contains what might be analyzed as the climactic action of the novel - the event after which there is no turning back. His lack of love, respect and attention results to her death in the end. Then when there is an struggle between the two of them, a longshot view is used. She is utterly alone on the ranch, and her husband has seen to it that no one will talk to her without fearing a beating. Even Curley wants her to stay home and not talk to the guys.
The fact that Steinbeck writes the characters as never once mentioning her real name prevents the likeliness of her having a personal relationship with anyone on the ranch, including her husband. They sell their labor; she sells or at least peddles, because it doesn't seem like anyone is buying sex. In this conversation, she admits her dreams of being a movie star, revealing her humanity and complexity as a female character beyond the makeup and feathered shoes. Like a dog who feels a mixture of fear and love for his master, Lennie is both fiercely loyal to George and terrified of upsetting his friend. This is conveyed through silences, pauses, eye contact and camera angles, alternate head and shoulders shots and head to headshot, Here the director is making use of film techniques to present her as he wishes her to be seen- as someone desperately seeking love and affection in a relationship. She just wants someone to talk to.
Unfortunately, the foreman of the ranch, Curley Casey Siemaszko , enjoys tormenting Lennie, while Curley's frustrated wife Sherilyn Fenn entices Lennie with her sexual allure. Curley's wife is no exception to this…. At the end of the film, when Lennie and Curleys wife are talking, tension is slowly built up in the lead up to her death because of the head to head shot used and the two characters heads moving closer together. But my ol' lady wouldn' let me. We first meet Curley's wife when she comes into the bunkhouse, when Lennie and George are in there. Curley's wife's obsession with herself ultimately leads to her death. This is used because the director wanted to emphasise the difference in size and strength.
She was never considered as a person, only as Curley's problematic trophy. Each main character connects with both of these themes at some stage throughout the novel. Think of Aunt Clara who is only remembered as a nice lady and nothing more, think of Suzy who runs the 'cat house'. In the barn scene, however, Steinbeck softens the reader's reaction to Curley's wife by exploring her dreams. Just like Curley, she seeks out people who are smaller and weaker to make herself feel better. Both of the movies were very similar to the book. Just like she takes no notice of what Lennie says to her.
I'd say from what i can remember that the scene with her death revealed that deep down she was a good person and her sexuality was kind of a survival mechanism in the hard times of the book that she had to use to get ahead because of the trials women faced, but its been years since i picked up the book so dont take my word as law. In I was able to hear exact lines from the book in the two movies. Steinbeck is also criticising the American dream. Others, including Curley's wife, treat him as a sort of sounding board for their own complaints and fantasies. The fact that Curley's wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a biased opinion of Curley's wife before she even enters the section.