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Of Mice and Men - Loneliness of Curley's wife

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Introduction

Of Mice and Men! Loneliness of Curley's wife The author never tells us the name of Curley's wife in the novel, which could be for many reasons. E.g. she wasn't important enough or even because she was a woman. But I think it was because she was regarded as one of Curley's possessions, and because of this everyone approached her with haste. They were all afraid of Curley and didn't want any bother from him so they left her alone. They didn't speak to her and ignored her most of the time which could after a while make a person very lonely and feel unwanted. She didn't like this so she tried to do something about it. She put on attractive clothes, and was heavily made up with full rouged lips and widely spaced eyes. ...read more.

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He forces his wife to stay at home alone every day as he forbids her to leave the house in fear that she might go and stray off with one of the ranch workers. He himself is not all that loyal either as he visits brothels with the other men at the end of the month even though he is married. She admits to us when chatting with Lenny that she doesn't love Curley. She only married him because of her mother. She had met a film producer that had said he was going to put her in the movies, and when the letter didn't come from him she thought her mother had stolen it. So she moved of and married Curley maybe as a way to get revenge on her mother. ...read more.

Conclusion

I personally don't think she is the cause of all the trouble because she was only seeking a bit of company. She hardly talked to anyone on the ranch for ages and when she finally gets the chance, you can't blame her for wanting to take it. It maybe is a bit her fault as she let Lenny stroke her hair, but she didn't know what he was going to do when he wouldn't let go and started to panic. She did initially get Lenny killed but I don't think she did it intentionally as she speaks no desire to get herself killed. It is a bit of everybody's fault, if the men had spoken to her she may not have wanted to go into the barn with Lenny and therefore not have been killed. Lenny and George's dream may have came true if Curley's wife had not been killed so in a way this major event changed all of their lives forever. 30/04/2007 Simon Gurney ...read more.

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