Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The room had light pouring in through the window. Inside the room was a bed, desk, dresser, and an alarm clock. This room's windows faces outward, towards the front of the house. In front of the window was a large tree. The huge tree was green, covered in pollen and the droopy leaves hung from the top. The wind picked up. One by one the leaves fell and were blown towards the room. The windows shielded the motionless body sleeping in the bed from the sticky and sweet smelling leaves. On the floor and on the desk there was books. One piled on top of the other. Some were open, and it seemed like it was being used, except there was no one reading it. The phone was on the desk. The lights on it are flashing, indicating a notification. The I-pod was on, playing music through the headphones. From outside came the sound of a flock of geese flying. Each one honking at the other. The noise pierced the silence. A few moments after the noise, the motionless body that was lying in the bed moved, sighed and got up. You could tell that it was a hectic night.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chapter 5 Prompt

In novella Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck illustrates how Curley's wife is a misunderstood character with her controversial reputation and personality. Curley's wife is seen as a jailbait and a tramp in the perspective of the men working on the ranch. They think that she is always out flirting with workers behind Curley's back and causing trouble. Curley does not treat his wife with respect, as many men during the 1930's did. He tells her to stay in the house and not talk to anyone. Curley's wife tells Lennie this during their conversation on page 87. “'I get lonely' she said. 'You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley.'” In order to battle loneliness, she does things that have given her a bad reputation. This is an overwriting theme in the book. Loneliness has caused different characters to do different things. Loneliness is the reason why George and Lennie and together, why Candy had the dog, why Crooks reads and why Curley's wife flirts with everyone. She is never with anybody and does not live a social life, so when she gets a chance, she flirts with people in order to get attention. It is revealed to the reader that Curley's wife loves being the center of attention when she talks about the opportunities she had as a young adult on page 89. “Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes-all them nice clothes like they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, a' had pitcher took of me.” Curley's Wife looks back at what her life could have been, and sees herself as a famous actress. In order to get a taste of what life could have been, she tries to get attention on the ranch by talking, seducing and flirting with everyone. In this chapter the reader discovers why she has a bad reputation, and the reader realizes that it is a misunderstanding. When Candy discovers her dead body in the barn, he says that she deserved it. If Candy had taken time and looked at her rather then her reputation, he would see that she did not deserve it. After meeting Curley's wife, the reader understands that the workers' perception of her was incorrect, and that she did not deserve what she got at the end of the chapter.