Curleys wife

Elinor Jones
Mind Map by Elinor Jones, updated more than 1 year ago
Elinor Jones
Created by Elinor Jones over 7 years ago


This is a mind map i created for my GCSE English exam on of mice and men. It looks at Curley's wife, and finding quotations and meaning for those quotes.

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Curleys wife
  1. Her Appearence: She has blonde hair, and is in love with her looks. Her hair is her prized posession, and she was even vain enough to believe she could of been a famous actress.
    1. This is eventually what kills her, because Lennie wants to stroke her hair
      1. But lonliness kills her as well, because she starts talking to Lennie, telling him her life story.
      2. "She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages."
        1. Curleys wife is described as a tart, and is seen as jail bait by the ranch hands.
      3. Newly married wife of Curley, the boss's son.
        1. She only married because her mother had thrown her out.
        2. She flirts with the ranch hands to make Curley jealous.
          1. She creates tension in the bunkhouse.
            1. She enjoys the attention.
              1. She hoped to be an actress, but because that dream cant come true, she's stuck with just the ranch hands approval.
            2. She is killed by Lennie, and therefore the reason George has to shoot him.
              1. She ruined their dream.
              2. She can be vindictive and she will use her power and status to get what she wants.
                1. "You know what i can do to you if you open your trap?"
                2. Curley's wife is never really evil. Her punishment outweighs any crimes she may have committed.
                  1. "She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young."
                  2. She had her dreams destroyed as well.
                    1. "He says he was gonna put me in the movies."
                      1. This also shows her sense of naivity for believing this man. She is still so young, and she is in a horrible relationship with a horrid man, so this may also be another cause for her wanting to flirt, so that she can feel free again.
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