I am making a scrapbook based on characters in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. What could I include to represent Curley's wife?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Any inclusion of Curley's wife in a scrapbook would probably want to make mention of her desire to be a film star.  This might take the form of starlet magazines or even a faded moviehouse ticket, to symbolize a dream that has lost some luster.  Given the fact that Curley's wife is desperate for companionship, I think that something along the lines of a personal ad might be included in a scrapbook to bring out her desperation.  Naturally, Curley's wife clings to her beauty and thus makeup, hair care products (especially significant given her interaction with Lennie) as well as a cosmetic mirror might also be good inclusions for her.  Finally, given the fact that she wants to entice men and play the role of the "vamp," inclusion of revealing clothes might be important because Curley's wife is not discrete.  She seeks to be provocative and ooze sexuality.  High heeled shoes and elaborate stockings might be a part of this inclusion.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I think this is a great idea! I would include some glamour pictures of actresses of the time; my choices would be Mae West, Fay Wray and Claudette Colbert. Fay Wray would be poignant as her struggle in the arms of King Kong could be reminiscent of Curley's wife's death at the hands of Lennie. The actresses would be in elegant poses, perhaps even with photos of Curley's wife emulating them. 

I would include red ostrich feathers as Curley's wife on her shoes, the first time Curley and Lennie see her-

She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers. (p32)

She may also have a ticket for the Riverside Dance Palace where she met the man who said he would make her a star, and where she also met Curley. She may have pieces of ribbon or fabric which would be fitting for the sort of costumes she would like to wear - red velvet may be a good choice as she shares a love of velvet with Lennie.

 

 

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