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Essay about Curley's wife Curley's wife is the only female character in the novel Of Mice of Men; Curley's wife is never given a name and is only referred to in reference to her husband. Like the other people on the ranch, she is very lonely and has dreams of a better life which never come true. The author John Steinbeck introduces Curley's wife in a symbolic ness way, this is shown when George is talking to Lennie about the dream and when Curley's wife first meets both the men. "Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in." The symbolic ness of the word sunshine is hope, freedom, happiness and dreams. This foreshadows that she may cause trouble or come in the way and could ruin it all for Lennie and George. Steinbeck also describes her as a 'girl', which tells us that she is very playful, childish and vulnerable. Curley's wife is trying to make her self attractive by applying make up and dressing up as if she was going to a party. ...read more.


She is powerless on the ranch and the only person she has power is on Crooks who is black. She is basically just exercising her power on him because she can get him lynched on a tree. She uses the word Nigger which shows that she is racist. This shows that the society in the 1930s was racist. Curley's relationship with his wife seems as if they don't even like each other. This is shown when Curley's wife says "I don't' like Curley, he ain't a nice fella." Curley's wife is also scared of Curley due to his fearsome power and a brutish man. She only married Curley because she wanted to get away from her Mother. The only reason she wanted to leave her Mother was because she thought her Mother was taking her letters which she thought were from a Movie Star who she met. She also wanted to live a peaceful life. Curley does not really seem to care about his wife that much, this is clearly proven when Curley says ""Come on, you guys'" This clearly shows that Curley does not even care about his wife's death at all, he cannot even spare a minute with his wife. ...read more.


In the social way, all the ranch hands don't really want to talk to her because they all think she is a tart. As Curley's wife says "If I catch any one man, and he's alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an' you won't talk." Steinbeck is clearly suggesting that not a single person would trust each other on the ranch. The presentation of Curley's wife's death was astonishing due to the way Steinbeck described her after the death. Steinbeck is suggesting that she was under pressure, trying to gain attention and she was mean. Steinbeck described her as she was "the meanness and the planning's and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young" This suggest that she was under pressure all the time but when she died everything was just normal. It also suggests that the entire ache for attention was just gone and a simple beautiful woman was lying dead. Overall Steinbeck is suggesting that all the characters are cruel because they're powerless and they all want to exercise their power. ?? ?? ?? ?? Karan Ambani 1 ...read more.

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