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Of Mice and Men - The character of Curley's wife can be regarded as a tragic figure in the story by John Steinbeck. But is she the only one?

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Of Mice and Men Essay. The character of Curley's wife can be regarded as a tragic figure in the story OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck. But is she the only one? The story OF Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is set in California, U.S.A during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Depression was a time of economic downfall which caused very high unemployment in western nations, one of the worst hit being the U.S.A. This caused lots of people to become homeless and Jobless, this also cause people to become awfully depressed in the harshest of lifestyles and in some incidents people even went on to commit suicide. People who were very rich lost everything they had all their land all of their money. This forced the government to pass out the New Deal this is where people became migrant workers and were given work from place to place on farms. The lifestyle and conditions for the migrant farm workers was really harsh. In the story Curley's wife is one of the main characters. She is married to a man called Curley who has a lot of authority in the ranch because he is the boss's son. ...read more.


So this makes her really lonely. I think that if she could wish for anything she would wish for having someone who she could talk to when ever she likes. 'Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.' This is what Curley's wife goes on to say in the conversation with Lennie. This backs what I have said about her getting very lonely. I think if she was not married to Curley she would not have become so lonely because everyone stays out of his way due to his personality and his relationship with the Boss. 'He says he was gonna put me in the movies.' Curley's wife says this to Lennie when she starts to open up to him. She tries to impress him by saying this. This was probably the only highlight of her life. She had the glimmer of hope of making something out of her self. She never did get a reply from the man who said he could get her into the movies. She thinks that her mother had hidden the letter and not given to her. ...read more.


His dog was put down because he was old and ill. He is worried that when he becomes older they are going to chuck him out of the ranch. So he really wants the dream to go on, so he knows that he has a safe future. These hopes have been both spoilt for both George and Candy because of Lennie's actions. Once again candy who is uncertain of his future and is really devastated that they could not get their own place. This is an example of another tragic figure within the story. The character of Curley's wife can be regarded as tragic and she is not the only one, in fact in this whole story there is not even one character who is not a tragic one. This shows how hard life was in those days with the great depression and the segregation. No one in the whole of the story had reached their dreams. So on the whole I think that the whole of the story was a tragic story. Especially because of the waste of Curley's wife's life and George in the end having to kill Lennie, Candy being uncertain of his future once again. No one in the story has come out pleased of what he has accomplished or achieved. 1 Ikhlas Raja 10S5 17/02/03 Candidate no. 9297 ...read more.

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