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What is the importance of the character of Curley’s wife in ‘Of Mice And Men’?

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What is the importance of the character of Curley's wife in 'Of Mice And Men'? Why do you think Steinbeck has included her? In a novel the characters are the main necessities and without them there is no story. As you read the novel you learn more and start to understand more about the characters as the author describes the way they look, act and their attitudes. You form a relationship of some kind with characters and you form your own attitude towards them. Steinbeck chooses Curley's wife to be an important character because she is just like everyone else (she has a dream and is lonely). In the book she is like everyone else but her dream is ignored because she's a woman. She is treated like a normal character as she has numerous descriptions throughout the book and her body language and attitude are often referred to. ...read more.

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I seen him goin' in your house'. This is a ruder, more aggressive reply and suggests that he doesn't like her. Having 'the eye' means she's coming onto other men. This is unusual as she also get told that Curley and his wife have only been married for two weeks. From this is can assume that she is lonely and doesn't really love Curley. When George and Lennie do actually see Curley's wife, Steinbeck adds a paragraph of description. C2 Pg 53 "She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers". After Curley's wife has left George immediately starts to judge her. ...read more.

Conclusion

We only get negative comments about him from her. When she's in the barn with Lennie she reveals a lot about herself. She knows that she can tell Lennie about it because he won't understand, but she isn't absolutely positive. C5 Pg 125 "Well, I ain't told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughtn' to". We learn from the information that she tells Lennie that she also had a dream just like everyone else. Her dream was Hollywood. She tells him about meeting actors who promised her success but she never got anything. She blames her mother. Overall we learn that Curley's wife is very much like everyone else. She has a dream and she is lonely, but she gets ignored because she's a woman. Women, black people, cripples, dumb people and old people can't get their dreams, because ranch society is too mean. Curley's wife represents women. Loneliness is what makes the ranch society so mean, and only the meanest people actually get their dreams. ...read more.

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