Femme Fatale Fridays: Curley’s Wife

Posted July 23, 2010 by Whitney in Femme Fatale / 4 Comments

 “A Femme Fatale, translating to “Deadly Woman” in french, is an alluring, seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire. Often this leads them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.” ~ Wikipedia

What villainous ladies have you read of in literature?  Now’s the time to give them a shout out.  Because let’s face we love to route for the bad girl.  Expression of this could be in any form, hate or love mail, fan fic, quotes or a simple profile. The skies the limit. Just be sure to include what book the femme fatale comes from so we can check them out too!

In Of Mice and Men there is only one character who stays relatively anonymous being referred to as Curley’s Wife, the Boss’s son.  While she is only a secondary character   she screams sex appeal, with all the farm hands having the hots for  her but of course because she’s Curley’s Wife it’s hands off.

Then George Milton and Lennie Small join the crew, a sense of feeling sorry for the wife encroaches upon them as she is in a verbally abusive relationship.   Unfortunately, she is treated more like a piece of property, with  this behavior being given the blind eye treatment.

Curley’s Wife has porcelain clear skin and soft, shiny hair like silk.  Lennie Small likes to touch soft things.  Maybe because they are both victims of circumstance the Wife and Lennie befriend each other.   One day, she and Lennie are alone in one of the barns and after being told what beautiful hair she has allows Lennie to stroke it.  Well, let’s just say her beautiful hair was fatal…


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4 responses to “Femme Fatale Fridays: Curley’s Wife

  1. I will be doing one next week, I completely forgot it was Friday (can you tell what kind of week I have had LOL)

    It has been forever since I have read Of Mice and Men but you are so very right about Curly's wife–she was a combo of not knowing whether to feel sorry for her or if she brought it upon herself.

  2. I'm sure I read Of Mice And Men in school, but I can't recall the details other than that I think I liked it. The latest femme fatale I encountered was Lydia Gwilt in Armadale by Wilkie Collins. Now there was a fatal female! Nevertheless, there was something about her that made me feel very sorry for her. I think Collins tried to make her too venemous. He overdid her unfortunate childhood thus almost making her a sympathetic figure. Or maybe that was his intention all along…

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