How Is Curley's Wife Different From Of Mice And Men

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In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck many characters are portrayed as weak and inferior. During the time of this story, the Great Depression takes place, which was a time when many workers lost their jobs due to the stock market crash and the dust bowls. Because of this, they had to travel to places to find job opportunities. Workers often traveled to California in search of the rich fields of the Central Valley. This book focuses on two men, George and Lennie, who travel to find work opportunities, and they meet many people along the way. These new characters present many weaknesses throughout the novel. Two characters that are mainly focused on based on their weaknesses, are Crooks and Curley’s wife. Crooks faces a lot of discrimination …show more content…

They had little to no say in everything and mainly worked due to them being seen as objects rather than people. On the other hand, Curley’s wife is mistreated due to her flirtatious manner. She is shown as a lonely person on the ranch due to lack of talk with the workers. All of the men judge her because they think all she's doing is trying to flirt with them. Although it can be argued that Curley’s Wife is seen as most inferior, Crooks is Steinbeck’s most inferior character due to his different skin color and loneliness.
Throughout the novel Of Mice and Men, Crooks is seen as the most restricted character. Crooks is one of the hardest workers on the ranch, because he is forced to be. Crooks struggles with discrimination because he is a different race than all of the other men in his workplace. He is seen as very powerless unless he is working as a stable buck on the ranch. Crooks never has a say in deciding what he should be doing or who he should be with, and he is very lonely because no one will ever talk to him due to the Jim Crow laws. In his free time he will either …show more content…

Curley’s wife is the only woman on the ranch and the men do not like that. Throughout the novel she is always seen wandering around the ranch or looking for Curley, her husband. When she is not doing one of those things, she is usually waiting for Curley while doing chores around the house. She gets very lonely because she usually has no one to talk to, even when Curley gets home. This is because Curley mostly talks and tells stories, but never listens to her stories or things she has to say. She tries to find people to engage in conversation with, but no one will talk to her because everyone thinks she is only trying to flirt. Men judge her based on her looks and say she has the “eye” even though she is married. When Curley’s wife talks to the workers on the ranch, the readers can observe her vulnerability. In this scene, most of the boys are out in town, so Curley’s wife tries to find all the men that stayed back on the ranch. When she discovers Crooks, Lennie and Candy in Crooks’ barn, she goes in to try and make conversation with them. They boys start scolding her and telling her she should not be in Crooks room because she has a husband and shouldn’t be talking to other men. She gets very upset with this because she's only trying to make a friend to talk to. She proceeds to tell the boys in an angry voice how she isn’t giving the men any trouble and she only wants to talk, as friends,

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