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Explore the Significance of Curley's Wife in 'Of Mice and Men'. How is Curley's Wife presented in 'Of Mice and Men'?

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Explore the Significance of Curley's Wife in 'Of Mice and Men' How is Curley's Wife presented in 'Of Mice and Men'? The novel is a microcosm, a cross section of society reflecting the prejudice. Blacks had no rights in America; they were seen as 'nobody's. Women too had very few rights. The itinerant workers ended to be loners. All these people were forced into loneliness and isolation; they each had a dream in hope of a better life often referred to at the time as 'The American Dream'. Central to Steinbeck's novel is Curley's Wife and her importance in the novel is of how she revolves around the novels main themes and events. ...read more.

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Curley' wife feels insecure because of the loneliness she feels and it is made clear she is frustrated with this situation, "none of them care how I gotta live." Throughout the novel as similar to Crooks, Curley's Wife is not named. This highlights her lack of identity on the ranch and how she is viewed as the property of her husband. As a result of her insecurities, she tries to combat her loneliness and isolation by resorting to violence. Her vicious attacks on Crooks to getting him "strung up on a tree" and the attacks on Lennie due to his mental disability show how loneliness can not only change a person, but destroy them. ...read more.

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Her dream is to be "in the movies." Many women during the 1930's had a similar dream similar to this as they thought about the excitement that would follow, although even in Steinbeck's cruel world it is made clear dreams are only dreams and the shatter of hope is clearly inevitable even for a delicate person such as Curley's Wife. In all, Curley's Wife is important throughout the novel as she increases the scope of many of the key events and themes which occur. Steinbeck uses her as a vehicle at time to portray the women during the 1930's. It is made clear she is threat to George and Lennie's dream however also a victim of sexism and loneliness. Steinbeck makes it clear that companionship is a vital part for human happiness. ...read more.

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