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1

Who does she represent

- Negative effect of patriarchal society, lack of status
- women trapped in unhappy marriages
- failure of dreams
- marginalised, vulnerable

2

Link to context

- George labelling her before meeting
- candy speaking negatively of curleys wife, expect promiscuity
- women's objectification
- purpose of getting married
- failure of dream

3

Isolation of cw

'Standing here talking to .... And likin it because they ain't nobody else'
- just wants company
- isolation, stuck with Curley

4

Trapped in unhappy marriage

'And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away'
- built up for so long
- can't even talk to husband

5

Curleys wife inferiority

'They left all the weak ones here'
- even though she's the boss' wife, she has to stay at home
- weak by default, woman
- not even ostrich feathers make her powerful

6

Victim Failure of American Dream

'The meanness and the planning and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face'
- only after death is she real
- failure of American Dream inevitable due to gender
- pretty after death, ad makes you ugly

7

Evil force against men

'Everbody knowed youd mess things up. You wasn't no good'
- Adam and Eve, she tempted men and ended ad
- ended George and Lennie companionship
- girl in weed manipulated, both women and wear red

8

Men attitude to women

'She's gonna make a mess. She's a jailbait all set on the trigger'
- think they're all dangerous
- don't give her a chance
- George wants a girl yet says they're all dangerous

9

Sexuality of women

'Full rouged lips. Her fingernails were red'
- danger
- girl in weed wore red
- red is colour of sexuality