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Curley's wife deserved her fate, do you agree?

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Curley's wife deserved her fate, do you agree? John Steinbeck wrote the novel, 'Of Mice And Men' in the 1930's during the great depression. It is about a group of farm labourers, in particular two friends, George and Lennie, and the story focuses on, the men's relationship with each other, in particular that of George and Lennie. Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch, she suffers from isolation and an inability to lead the kind of life she wants for herself. Notably she has no name in the book, which shows how women were seen in the 1930's, having no status. At the end of the story Lennie murders Curley's wife accidentally, and I believe she deserved her fate. John Steinbeck hints through out the novel that Curley's wife could cause trouble, because of the way she behaves. Firstly, right at the start of the book, the first time she met Lennie, she was out to cause trouble, and Lennie was confused about how to behave around her. ...read more.

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She used the excuse that she was looking, for Curley as an excuse to go into the men's bunkroom or crooks' room, and then she would talk about how lonely she was, looking for sympathy, trying to get the men to talk to her, knowing for well that if Curley caught them there would be trouble and Curley would fight them. But when she did this with Lennie, he was not clever enough to work out what was going on and was led on. Curley's wife just wanted to be loved, because Curley treated her badly, and was a bad husband, and he neglected her needs. He stopped her from being what she wanted to be, that's why she flirts with the other men, and tries to cause trouble. Also, throughout the novel, she treats the only black character, Crooks, very badly, she bullies him and calls him names like "Negro", which is very unfair, so in some ways you could say she deserved what she got, because of the way she treated Crooks. ...read more.

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She then went on to put Lennie's hand on to her head to stroke her hair, and see how soft it was. Because Lennie was confused he didn't let go, because he didn't no what to do. Lennie panicked and tried to stop her screaming, and ended up breaking her neck, killing her. She deserved this because she had invited Lennie to stroke her hair, and because he liked soft things he didn't let go. She enticed him, and she wanted to cause more trouble between Curley and Lennie but she didn't realise it would end in her death. In my opinion Curley's wife was to blame for her death, I think it was inevitable because of the way she behaved around the men, acting flirtatious and trying to lead them on, making out she was lonely, and that Curley neglected her. The most important point was how she behaved with Lennie in the barn, she led him on and invited him to touch her hair, even putting his hand on her head. All in all Curleys wife was a dangerous character and deserved her fate. ...read more.

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