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Topic: Of Mice and MenWould Curley's Wife Really Be in The Picturces?
What do you believe was the producer's real intetions for Curley's Wife? Why did her mother refuse and hide the letter?
I belive it was because that the "producer" was really a pimp and he was looking for a new girl. He found a canditite in Curley's wife because she was desparte and looking for love.
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Middle School Teacher
I agree that it is not likely that she really would have been in pictures. She is pretty, but not that pretty. She also seems uneducated and kind of naive. I think it is likely that this man was trying to trick her.
Posted by litteacher8 on December 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM (Answer #2)
High School Teacher
I also think your reading is accurate.
Curley's wife was probably just one of many women fed the line, "You should be in the movies." My guess is that her mother A) could see that there was no chance of her daughter getting into the movies and B) recognized the traveling man as a predator.
This anecdote, shared with Lennie in the barn, is evidence of the nature of Curley's wife's particular type of hopelessness. We learn that she is not the cunning, mean-hearted "tart" we were led to believe she was. Instead, she is a gullible, embittered young woman who is not intellectually or emotionally capable of changing her situation.
We can sympathize with her willingness to believe that she could be in the movies, but we can no longer fear her potency as a character.
Posted by e-martin on December 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM (Answer #3)
Curley's wife was just one of several characters who had unrealistic dreams in Of Mice and Men. Most likely she was just being duped by an unkind man who wanted to take advantage of her. Steinbeck was showing how peoples' dreams can be used to control them by unethical predators. The world that Steinbeck's characters inhabit can be a cruel place. That's why the relationship between George and Lennie is special, they really care for an look out for one another.
Posted by mwalter822 on December 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM (Answer #4)
Curley's wife was just one of millions of girls all across the United States who acquired fantasies about being movie stars from going to the movies and reading movie magazines. Many of these girls actually went to Hollywood to be "discovered." They stood a better chance of getting into the pictures by being in the Hollywood area, but the odds were heavily against them. A good book about Hollywood in those days is Nathaniel West's "Day of the Locust." It was made into a good movie with the same title. Curley's wife is also too young to be a movie actress. One of the men refers to her as "the kid," and others refer to her as being "jailbait," meaning underage. Judging from what she tells Lennie about herself in the barn, she is only about sixteen years old. She wouldn't know anything about how to get into the pictures, how to get an agent, how to go on casting calls, how to act in an audition. She would end up being exploited by not one but dozens of men, many of whom would promise to help her with her chosen career. She might get a little work as an extra and a little as a model, but she would most likely end up as a prostitute.
Posted by billdelaney on December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM (Answer #5)
Actually, we can't be sure that the man ever did send Curley's wife a letter. He was probably just flattering her, chatting her up, but she desperately wanted to believe that that he really meant what he said and that she had a genuine chance of making it big. So she preferred to think that the reason she didn't get the letter was because her mother wanted to deliberately thwart her. This meant that she didn't have to face up to the cold fact that there was probably never any letter at all. This way, it was easier for her to go on dreaming about a whole different life for herself.
Posted by gpane on January 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM (Answer #6)
I think Curley's Wife never had a chance at the movies. The man offering the chance was either lying about his position or was exaggerating her beauty to seduce her. Because of her naivety, I think the thought of being in the movies has lingered on Curley's Wife's mind (and she doesn't doubt the thought, because of her low intelligence), and she just wants to believe that she may have had a chance at a better life. Also, I think the "producer" never sent the letter and Curley's Wife didn't want to believe this so she reassured herself that it had always been her Mother's fault. Either way, I think Curley's Wife is very gullible to think that she would ever have had a chance at the pictures.
Posted by rsadoughi on January 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM (Answer #7)
Throughout Of Mice and Men, Curley's wife often responds to attention and flattery. That she has no identity other than that which others give her is apparent from her name, a mere genitive of her husband's. Curley's wife's life is but a mirror of her illusions; she, like the bindle stiffs, lives a life of quiet desperation which is composed of dreams, not realities.
In addition to this characteristic, like many who have nothing, Curley's wife feels the need to boast, to have a dream. She wishes to make herself seem more important, so she brags that a man was going to put her in the movies: "Soon's he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it." After saying this, she looks closely at Lennie "to see whether she was impressing him'And, when the letter does not arrive, Curley's wife blames her mother for stealing it.
Posted by mwestwood on January 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM (Answer #8)
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