Curleys wife struggles with feelings of neglect and seclusion. Not only is she the only girl on the ranch but she is seen as a cheap possession, curleys very own 'toy ' that he gets to control. The other men view her as a tramp since she 's always flirting by "giving the eye" to multiple guys. As well She spends much of her time "looking" for Curley although she is really looking for someone to talk to and to listen to her ; since her very own husband neglects her. The truth is though that she is just incredibly lonely. Curleys wife is filled with big dreams of stardom. She met a guy who said she was a natural and fit for Hollywood which ended up to be unrealistic notions that had been fed to her causing her dream to be shattered. Because
“If you think love will drive you mad, try loneliness.” (Xavier). Although love may blind an individual, loneliness will transform them into weaker versions of themselves, in which they take disputatious actions. In John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, the effects of being disregarded by others is exemplified through Curley’s Wife’s actions. In this society, Curley’s Wife is heavily neglected by those around her, which is also proven through the lack of her legitimate name. Therefore, she goes out of her way in order to meet her needs and desires, but eventually leads to her death. Curley’s Wife demonstrates that lonely individuals tend to experience internal rejection by others actions, leading them to seek attention
“‘Well, you been askin’ me too often, I’m gettin’ God damn sick of it. If you can’t look after your own Goddamn wife, what you expect me to do about it? You lay offa me” (Steinbeck 62). When Curley cannot find his wife, he becomes quarrelsome and confrontational, putting others in danger. Due to Curley’s wife not staying by her husband’s side, the other ranchers’ duties as well as the lives are put on the line, considering Curley’s amount of power on the farm and his well-known wrestling career. Another example from Of Mice and Men is when Curley’s wife approaches Lennie and asks if they could talk. Lennie says, “[George] says I can’t tend no rabbits if I talk to you or anything” (86). George taught Lennie to stay away from Curley’s wife because he knew that she didn’t benefit either him or Lennie, and talking to her could get them into trouble. Additionally, Lennie’s personal goal was to tend rabbits at
Throughout the book Curleys wifes name is not mentioned nor alluded to as she is simply known as Curleys wife, this demonstrates that Steinbecks perspective of woman in this era are insignificant. Before being married to Curley she once had a dream of becoming a well known actress living in the big city, much like lennies dream of owning his own ranch and animals and living off the land. I additionally think Curleys wife still has her dream of becoming a famous actress yet she wont tell her husband Curley on the grounds that he will hear nothing of it, this also tells me that he is the motivation behind why she wont and can 't be allowed to follow her dream of becoming a famous actress on the grounds that he wants her everything to his-self
‘Of mice and men’ is a book full of extraordinary key themes: Steinbeck deliberately presents the main theme of solitude also known as (loneliness). Solitude is a very important theme in this book the reason being for this is because: Steinbeck wrote the book in the 1930s when America suffered the Great Depression. The great suffering of depression in America lead to solitude, this affected most male labourers (like characters such as: Slim, Carlson, Crooks and George) along with many females which in the 1930s were classed as housewives. For example, a victim that suffers with solitude in the book most is Curley’s wife an example, of this is in the title of the book. The title ‘Of Mice and Men’ does not mention any aspect of women, this clearly
Curley’s Wife in the book is a tart. This is true as Candy describes her as, “ She got the eye.” (Steinbeck, 28) This reflects the time period Curley’s Wife lives in, a period of women treated as property and trophies, often ignored till someone brings the trophy or property up. The same with Curley’s Wife as she is not very important to Curley, Curley only keeps his hands soft for her, this shows how little Curley’s wife means to him. To extend this point, Curley 's’ wife is simply known as Curley’s Wife, this shows how little she means to him that hae does not even introduce her properly. Curley’s wife is often lonely as she says in the book, “ I get awfully lonely.”(Steinbeck, 86) This shows that she was isolated on the ranch, and no one wanted
A perfect personality includes being compassionate towards the people around you. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, contains a paucity of this important characteristic. The main characters, George Milton and Lennie Small are hobos, traveling the country in search of a job during the Great Depression. Lennie suffers from a mental-disability so George looks after him. They settle on a farm and meet Candy and Slim, two farmhands, and Curley and his wife, children of the boss. Lennie and George face many obstacles, including numerous fatalities, which eventually ends with the death of Lennie by George. Most of the workers on the farm are careless about others. John Steinbeck uses foreshadowing, diction, and mood to demonstrate the cruel nature
ranch hands forbid Crooks from entering their bunkhouse, he cannot “go into the bunkhouse and play rummy ‘cause [he is] black…[he has] sit out here an’ read books. Sure [he] could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then [he] got to read books.” (72). Crooks admits to Lennie that because the other ranch hands exclude him from their bunkhouse and card games, he finds himself lonely. The white ranch hands fraternize with each other and keep each other company, while excluding Crooks, which forces him to lead a lonesome lifestyle.
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the character of Curley's wife to illustrate the theme of loneliness. Curley's wife is the only woman on the farm and has no one to talk with. In the beginning, Curley's wife always bothers the men by telling them "[She is] lookin' for Curley" (Steinbeck 31). This is the first sign of her unbearable loneliness. Unfortunately, when she asks the men if they've seen her husband she acts flirtatiously, which gives them the wrong impression. "She put her hands behind her back and [leans] against the door frame so that her body [is] thrown forward" (31). All she really wants is to talk with somebody, not do anything unfaithful to her husband. Her second sign of loneliness is when she angrily lashes
One’s self has experienced loneliness from choice or forced into isolation. The novel ¨Of Mice and Men¨ written by John Steinbeck, took place during the Great Depression, near Soledad, California. The protagonist, George and the antagonist, Lennie are mid aged, white men who are working on a ranch with other mid aged, white men. Along with ones who aren’t as focused at the time, such as Crooks, the negro or black, Curley’s wife, the woman and, Candy, the old and weak man were treated differently from all the white, strong males in the novel due to the setting the novel. This making distance in relationships in Of Mice and Men, isolating these characters into loneliness. Steinbeck’s characterization and setting expresses his belief that it is both social barriers and personal choice that causes the loneliness and isolation of the characters.
In his novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck outlines many corrupt societal structures intended to exploit and demean individuals based on their perceived value: the inherent exploitative nature of the American Dream, the hierarchy of power in America based on an individual 's ability to work, and the way in which oppressive systems are maintained through a mis-projection of anger of the oppressed.
As we all know, there are different opinions on the character Curley’s wife from different perspective. Some people might say that Curley’s wife is nothing but a possession of Curley, following the fact that we know her as Curley’s wife instead of her real name. Other people might say that Curley’s wife is the main voice from Steinbeck, which expresses the concern of both racism and classism But the truth is women at this period of time in the society, in this case, Curley’s wife, have a dominant role of a housewife and don’t have any freedom when decision is made.
Curley’s wife would not be a pleasant character in many ways. As a wife of manager’s son, she was described as a charming and flirty woman and treated others with scorn. However, her appearances later had shown actually she was just an immature, innocent and lonely woman who missed her chance to be a successful movie star in Hollywood and compelled to marry Curley. “If I’d went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet” (Steinbeck 84) Accordingly, she felt unfair for her life and doesn’t want to get stuck on the ranch but she knew she could do nothing about it. Therefore, Curley’s wife had told her suffering to Lennie, though she knows Lennie wouldn’t understand everything, but this still proves she was trying to find connections on Lennie.
Curley and his wife really do not deserve any sympathy. Curley is conceited, rude, and disrespectful. When he first met Lennie and George he was rude to them both getting especially mad with Lennie for not speaking back when spoken to. Lennie did not know any better he was just obeying George because he had informed him to not say anything. But I do feel sympathy for him because he did get his hand crushed by a mammoth of a man but he asked for it so that was his own fault. As for Curley’s wife she is the only female on the ranch surrounded by all of these hardworking men and she does not get any attention from her husband. I can see it from her point of view because she wants the attention; she craves it because her husband neglects her of
In society, names have a purpose. They not only act as an arrangement of letters and words to address someone by but serve as the foundation of a person’s identity. Yet, in the novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck decided to not name one of his characters. Steinbeck refers to this character as Curley’s wife and had a reason to do so. Steinbeck did not name Curley’s wife to emphasize the fact that she has no identity; however, if named, a name suitable to her nature would be Martha.