Monday, January 24, 2011

Chapter Five Prompt

In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates through Curley’s Wife that looks may be deceiving. Curley’s wife was thought to be nothing but jail bait, and she was continuously looked down upon by ranchers. “Jesus, what a tramp.” They always gave her names and all agreed that she was bad news. At times she was even bossy and mean to the ranchers.” Well you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” She puts the African American rancher in his place and makes a strong statement that makes him be quiet. Although, she is very mean and flirtatious she has a reason for it all. “Well, I wasn’t gonna stay no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something of myself, an’ where they stole your letters. I ast her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no. So I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace that same night.”She talks about her past and explain why she is with Curley. She does not enjoy being on the ranch either and hates being with Curley. “ I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” Curley’s wife was just a misunderstood woman, who hated her life. Nobody really knew what she wanted or anything about her life. “ Coulda been in the movies,an’ had nice clothes. An’ I coulda sat in them big hotels.” She talks about what her life could have been like if only she had lived the life she wanted her whole life but instead she ended up on a ranch. Then on the ranch she treated the people there pretty harsh and in return it led to her death. She probably didn’t mean any harm to them; she just needed to vent her feelings because she was all alone and misunderstood. This shows that in Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck really brings out the true meaning of how looks may be deceiving through Curley’s wife.
-Darren Garza


  1. I liked the thesis statement that you used and I completely agree with the fact that you can't just judge Curley's wife based on her looks. I also thought that you put in some very key quotes and I liked the way you explained them thoroughly. You covered the up chapter pretty well. Keep up the great writing.

  2. There was a good use of evidence in this paragraph. It was well thought out with good explanations. In your opinion, did Curley’s wife get what she deserved? You made a good point about how she has a reason for the things she does, and I agree with what you said. It would have been better if you explained the quotes a little bit more and how they relate to the story; although I believe this, you did a good job in summarizing the chapter and explaining it. Good job! Keep up the good work!