Assess how Steinbeck presents the character of Curleys wife throughout "Of Mice and Men".

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Asses how Steinbeck presents the character of Curley’s wife throughout Of Mice and Men.

In 1937, John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men a novella about friendship during the Great Depression. The novella offers a unique and vivid insight into the lives of all social groups during the horrific collapse of the American economy. We’re given a comprehensive insight into the life of woman; a minority group in the American society. During the novella we only meet two women, Curley’s wife is one of them, a very naïve young girl.

In the novella, Steinbeck uses status to make us the reader feel compassionate towards Curley’s wife and the minority group of women. Curley’s wife has limited status and to some extent freedom on the ranch because she is a woman, a social minority. “Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody, I get awful lonely” Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife’s loneliness to make us the reader feel compassionate towards her as no one wants to participate in conversation with her. Candy regards her as “Jailbait” indicating she is a young female seeking to get men into trouble. Jailbait is  for a minor who is younger than the legal  for sexual activity, with the implication that an older person might find him or her .

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“ I never get to talk to anyone” on the ranch there is a strong prejudice towards Curley’s wife, the men of the ranch have some very strong opinions however Candy is rather cruel about her throughout the novella and even when she is dead he verbally abuses her; “You god damn tramp, he said viciously” throughout the novella we have been aware of a bazaar tension between Curley’s wife and Candy, Candy and Curley’s wife are both regarded as a members of social minority groups.  This relationship is perhaps very unequal because Candy is scared of the power Curley’s ...

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