Curleys Wife In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In the novella Of mice and men by John Steinbeck, two men George and Lennie, have many limitations in life. George and Lennie end up on a farm where they meet people who also have limitations, one of those people happens to be Curley 's wife. Steinbeck crafts Curley 's wife as a sexualized object in order to reveal that women are dehumanized and thus excluded from the American Dream. Not only Does Curley 's wife have to deal with being the only women on the ranch full of men but she also has to deal with only being known as a possession to her husband. “Curleys wife” (Pg 79) represents how they do not respect her enough to call her by her own name showing how much she lacks an identity of her own and is treated as a piece of property to her husband making it hard for her to do what she wants without being critiqued by the men on the farm. Another way Steinbeck objectifys Curley 's wife is by using specific vocabulary “Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don 't care what she says and what she does. I seen em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jailbait worse than her. You leave her be.” (Pg 32) Through this quote Steinbeck reveals sexism between Curley 's wife and the guys on the ranch, on the grounds that George calls Curley 's wife a bitch, which is used as an insult towards her. On top of George calling her a jailbait he is assuming that she will get men into trouble for being nice/flirtatious with them. In conjunction with, Curley 's wife is
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