Quotes On Curley's Wife

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“And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck” (Steinbeck 91). The novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck takes place in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. During this time period, many men would travel looking for work and would end up working for a rich ranch owner. Most of this novella takes place at a ranch owned by a wealthy man in Soledad, California. At this ranch, Curley’s wife is a very present and ornate character; however, she is not at all respected. Two weeks prior to George and Lennie’s arrival at the farm, Curley’s wife married Curley to escape her family and gain wealth after meeting him at the Riverside Dance Palace. Due to all the hardships she endures at the ranch, Curley’s wife is the loneliest and most alienated character in the novella.
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Everyone on the ranch fears repercussions from Curley when interacting with her. Everyone goes out of their way to ensure that they don’t interact with Curley’s wife. All the men figure it is in their best interest to avoid Curley’s wife as much as possible. It also does not help that Curley’s wife is extremely flirtatious. Anytime Curley’s wife appears, the men at the ranch immediately believe that she has one thought in mind. This causes her to receive very little respect from the other men at the ranch and gain many derogatory names. Curley’s wife is also very forthcoming with private information, by reason that she has nobody to talk to. Therefore, anytime someone on the ranch will listen to her or give her the time of day, she will tell them everything she needs to get off her chest. She feels no regret in telling complete strangers about her personal life as well as her dreams and aspirations. She was so alienated and lonely on the ranch that no one even noticed when Lennie had broken her neck until they were standing over her dead

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