As dreaming was very common at the time of the “American Depression” in order to achieve the “American Dream”. But most people did not achieve their dream but in fact people were hopeless working as migrant workers all their life. This perfectly demonstrates one’s dreams and desires in order to live a life of joyfulness. Crooks is equivocal (vague) between accomplishing his dream of having freedom which leads to his security and finding a companion to fight his isolation.
Perhaps what Crooks wants more than anything else is a sense of belonging (being equal)—to enjoy simple pleasures such as the right to enter the bunkhouse or to play cards with the other men. As Crooks becomes part of the dream is an indication of Crooks’ loneliness and insecurity. But then he is kicked out of the dream. Where, then, can he find freedom which provides security for his future? But there is no freedom which will provide no security for anyone in a prejudiced world, least of all a black stable hand with a crooked back.
On the other hand if he does not have freedom, Crooks desires a companion to battle against his isolation and to talk to someone, however this is not possible for Crook’s due to his background and racial discrimination as he knows that he is hopeless. Even though we know that he does not accomplish his dream of having freedom or finding a companion. Curley’s wife is the only female character on the ranch and also the character that is discriminated the mosts ended up in a similar or arguably worse situation.
When she speaks to Lennie about her dream she speaks with such a level of excitement that her belief in the dream appears to be very solemn. ‘Her words tumbled out in a passion of communication. ‘ The verb “tumbled” suggests the words she is saying are falling out of her mouth, as this suggests she is not thinking before speaking them. As the word “passion” hints at her desire for fulfilling her dream which infers (proves) her dream meant a lot to her and had an effect on her life. As this would have led to her freedom to do what she wants, instead of listening to Curley.
However it could also insinuate her boundless enthusiasm towards her desires which shows her strong emotional outpour of affection towards her dream, but her dream cannot be fulfilled because she has trapped herself by marrying Curley. Furthermore at the time of the American Depression women were not taken seriously for their desires which had affected life which made her talk to other men. I think that a person’s environment (surroundings) at the time of the American Depression had affected one’s life of what they dreamed and desired, which in this case Curley’s wife.
But Curley’s wife is very lonely; she puts great effort in her looks in order to attract men but also dresses up provocatively which I think is a lame attempt to seek attention in order to remove her solitude. Her “heavily made up” appearance portrays her desperation to be noticed which can be seen as her desire because she is isolated, this implies nobody wants to talk to her even though she is married, she is a possession of Curley’s which can be chucked away which Curley shows no love towards her, as she is trapped in her loveless marriage.
As any woman acting in this manner was very uncommon at the time of the American depression. Curley’s wife makes use of her stunning body to gain the attention of the ranchers to soothe her loneliness. These acts give her a sense of relief and make her feel wanted so she can share her personal concerns and experiences which is evidenced through “She’s got the eye. ” Steinbeck uses the noun “eye” to imply that Curley’s wife is unfaithful with Curley and she is always looking for other men so that she can engage them into a conversation.
However this also shows how Curley’s wife is isolated from the rest and desires a companion which she can talk to but also love, as her marriage is a flop. But at the time of the American Depression a ranch full of men was no place for a woman to be. I think that Steinbeck is portraying her in this manner to convey the reader how lonely actually she is but also her desperation in order to be with somebody who loves her. Curley’s insecurities towards his wife force her into flirting with the others but most importantly dressing up beautifully.
As many do not talk to her due to her reputation, “Her finger nails were red. ” The colour rouge connotes romance, love and flirtatiousness but also hints at danger; as the ranch workers know interaction with Curley’s wife can lead to trouble because of her desire of fighting her isolation. Which the predominant association between red and Curley’s wife connotes danger in relation to red blood, which foreshadows future events within the novel. Where at the start Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife as a villain and our negative feelings towards her develop as names like “jailbait” and “tart” are given to her.
At the same time Steinbeck changes the readers feelings without Curley’s wife changing. Steinbeck’s description of Curley’s wife after her death is evidently more complimentary, as we feel sympathy for her. Which Steinbeck presents her death as a “release of misery. ” The word “misery” implies isolation, rejection and discrimination Curley’s wife had to face at the time of the American Depression, the real thing that isolates her is that she is a female in an all-male world.
In-addition she uses her beauty to attract men to fight against her isolation towards her in the ranch due to her reputation, as she desires a companion which she can talk to. This suggests how her life has sculpted her personality which derives an increasingly sympathetic and piteous view on Curley’s wife from the reader. This would also support Steinbeck’s approach in where characters are influenced by their relationship to their surroundings and are essentially controlled by the environment in which they are situated through chance for e. g. Curley’s wife.
Also Steinbeck compares her “soft hair” with the rough hay-the rough texture compared to softness is like darkness to light. As I think that Steinbeck’s negative representation of Curley’s wife could be an example of moralization, however it is not negative because Steinbeck advocates misogyny but is presenting the reality of society at the time. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.