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DescriptionIt is about the comparison of Curly's wife and Crooks
The first impression that we get of Curley’s wife is a nameless person who has no identity but that she is only a possession of Curley and so doesn’t really have any sort of independence. This indicates how lonely isolated she feels that no one has the desire to get to know her well enough to know her name.
We also find out in chapter 2 as Steinbeck gives the reader a more developed picture of Curley’s wife’s character. Her first entrance in the novel emphasis her seductive personality that she is seen as a ‘tart’ by the other men on the ranch .
‘She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her
fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages…’
Here Steinbeck presents her as a very flirtatious and, sometimes malicious, character. The colour red symbolises Curley’s wife to a dangerous object. She is conveyed as an evil figure because of her ability to land others into trouble and even her self. This also conveys that loneliness is like an illness for her and she sets out to cure it by presenting herself sexually around other men.
But although in Chapter 5 Steinbeck makes us see a different light to Curley’s wife character in terms of making us feel sympathetic by showing how a person’s loneliness can lead to their failure rather then seeing her as an evil figure.
‘I get lonely’ , ‘I get awful lonely’
Here Steinbeck uses repetition to emphasizes her isolation and frustration at her not being able to talk to ‘nobody but Curley’ and it is this frustration which continually surfaces as she speaks to Lennie
The other character suffering from severe isolation throughout the novel is Crooks, the stable buck. Steinbeck shows us through out the novel that we don’t know the exact name for Crooks as he is often called Crooks or Niger but the white men .This helps to reflect the racially prejudice society of America in the 1930s and also we can see the loneliness that this character portrays as no one tries deep enough to know the real him making him put a big wall between the white man.
The first impression that Steinbeck gives of the crook character is by describing him as a "proud, aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs"
This makes the reader fully understands the distance that Crooks ‘demands’ from the white men – it is simply the only right he would have as a black man, the right of segregation. The reader also shares his feelings of wanting to be separated from the white men because of the names they address him by such as; “.......................”particularly cruel name ...
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