Curley and his wife are not the loving couple everyone admires either. Because Curley
The death of Curley’s wife is foreshadowed by Lennie's roughness, what happened in weed and that he killed both his puppy and Curley’s wife the same way. Another example is the loss of their dream
Curley’s wife didn’t understand why they would never talk to her. Curley’s wife states “I get lonely’ she said ‘You can talk yo people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley else he gets mad. (Steinbeck 87) Curley’s wife mentions that she had met a man who was going to put her in the movies. That was her dream, the man had told her he would send her letter. Curley’s wife had never received the letter nevertheless blamed her mother for taking the letter.
This yet again, is another blow to his self-esteem. His wife also states,”So I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace that same night.” (88) Curley's wife is saying this in reference to her mother being controlling. She decides to marry Curley to get away from her mom. Curley was basically used as an escape route, or alternative.
Not just that, she uses the workers to ensure her safety from Curley and that she is not caught trying to chat with the ranch workers. Although she is being clever, the audience still hate her since marrying means the couple trust each other and that action of Curley’s wife shows the opposite of what she is supposed to
Curley’s wife was not the first, nor is she the last woman to experience objectification and isolation due to her anatomy. Steinbeck displayed the vicious cycle of sexism and how the demands of man conspire against morality of man. Curley’s wife was pretty and sought after by some, but seen as dirty and dangerous to others. Her appearance made her desirable but her resistance in submitting entirely deemed her unattractive or dangerous, just as many real women are
Although Lennie is accused of being the cause of Curley’s wife’s death, the dialogue between these two characters in chapter five shows Curley’s wife is equally to blame. The reader can see in this chapter, Lennie tried very hard to get rid of Curley’s wife because he knew she would cause him trouble. The book states, “Lennie glared at her. ‘George says I ain’t to have nothing to do with you-talk to you or nothing.’” (Steinbeck 86). This quote is one of seven attempts Lennie made to try and get Curley’s wife to leave.
The novel Of Mice and Men would change drastically if Lennie and George were to change genders. As a women, Curley’s wife didn’t pay much attention to Lennie. She is known as a person who would “feel right aroun’ there an’ see how soft it is.” (Steinbeck, 90) Her actions illustrated how she can be a seductive person because she was the one who took Lennie’s hand and placed it on her head. If she didn’t take his hand, then Lennie wouldn’t have began, “stroking her hair,” (Steinbeck, page 90) which wouldn’t have provoked Lennie into touching and strangling her. This caused Lennie to cover her mouth and twist her neck, resulting in her death.