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  1. 1. Chapter 5 sees Steinbeck give the reader a more developed picture ofCurley’s wife’s character. She enters the chapter in a very similar way toher first entrance in the novel ‘She wore her bright cotton dress and the mules with the red ostrich feathers. Her face was made up and the little sausage curls were in place’.Despite this almost exact description of her from chapter 2, the reader ispresented with a different side to this seemingly flirtatious and,sometimes malicious, character. N this chapter Steinbeck allows Curley’swife character to articulate her feelings of loneliness ‘I get lonely’ ‘I get awful lonely’This use of repetition emphasises her isolation and frustration at her notbeing able to talk to ‘nobody but Curley’ and it is this frustration whichcontinually surfaces as she speaks to Lennie ‘And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away’The word ‘tumbled’ suggests how her need to talk is desperate whilst theword ‘passion’ illustrates the power and intensity of this need tocommunicate. She has clearly been silences and stifled by her husband.What is particularly striking is that she is used to people walking awayfrom her when she talks and it is this which creates such sympathy forher.In chapter 5 Curley’s wife is also presented as a gentle and caringcharacter, a far cry from the character who threatened Crooks withlynching in chapter 4 ‘She consoled him ‘Don’t you worry none’…She moved closer to him and she spoke soothingly’The fact that she spoke ‘soothingly’ suggests she has a kind nature andacts in a maternal way when Lennie needed such gentleness.As the novel progresses, the reader learns that Curley’s wife was verysimilar to George and Lennie.

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