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Which character do you feel most sorry for in this story? Explain your answer with close reference to the text. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

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Which character do you feel most sorry for in this story? Explain your answer with close reference to the text. Answer: The character I feel most sorry for in the story is Curley's wife. There were many factors against her, which eventually led to her downfall. The most damning being the fact that she was a woman. Being the only woman on a ranch full of men, she was immediately labelled a tart. "Well, I think Curley's married ... a tart." (Ch3: page50) George also called her names like 'jailbait'. This shows that the men show no respect for her, even though she is Curley's wife. In fact, because of her higher-class status on the ranch, she is hated even more. Curley's wife is young and lively, so she is inclined to flirt a bit and play around with the other guys. Yet, in that particular society this is frowned upon because she is married and her father in law is a respectable member of the community. ...read more.


I think she realised this on the night after the fight, when all the guys went into town and she was left behind with Crooks, Lennie, and Candy. 'And her eyes travelled from one face to another.' "They left all the weak ones here" (Ch4: Page110) When she went into Crooks' bunk, she was just looking for people to identify with. Their obvious repulsion of her made her angry and put her on the offensive. She then realises that they will never accept her and she will remain lonely except she finds and ally. Whenever Curley's wife appears in the novel, she is only referred to as his wife. She doesn't have a name and Steinbeck doesn't give us any clues as to what her real name was. "Wait'll you see Curley's wife." (Ch2: page49) In this passage, Candy could've called her by her real name or Mrs... This shows what little respect she had on the ranch. ...read more.


Yet because she was pretty, she was quickly labelled a tart, and 'undesirable'. Overall my sympathy for his wife is because she was never given a chance to prove herself to anyone. Her mother wouldn't let her be an actress, and Curley suffocated her with his jealousy and rage. When she tried to turn to the guys in the ranch, they rejected her and called her names like tart and jailbait. She was never given the respect she deserved. She had to harden her heart to survive, and when she finally let someone in (Lennie) it cost her, her life. None of this is very fair. Throughout the novel she was never truly happy. She was ridiculed, taunted, insulted, and treated like a low life. All she wanted was to be accepted and find love. She never got any of these instead hatred and jealousy. In the novel the only time when Steinbeck wrote of her looking peaceful was when she was dead. It's not right that she had to die so horribly and feeling so alone. ...read more.

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