The Role Of Curley's Wife In Of Mice And Men

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In the story Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is a victim for things she does when she lives her life like everyone else in this story, from the men, her mother, and Curley. The outcasts of the story lead to be the head of the pack by the end. Many blame the only female on the ranch, some may blame George, and some may blame the murderer, Lennie Smalls. Curley’s wife is indubitably not the one to tirade. From the beginning of her run to escape her controlling mother, she got herself into a bigger wreck with marrying Curley. From going to one controlling person to another, that a person cannot ever run away from, is a much bigger dilemma than what she was handling before. The controlling contention has brought Curley’s wife to be screened from…show more content…
Having the orders of staying in the house everyday must have drove her crazy, so she would sneak out once in awhile to interact with others. All of the ranchers know the rules of Curley’s Wife about how she has to stay inside everyday, so when she is wondering around the ranch talking to men and “looking” for Curley they call her a “tart”. Calling Curley’s wife “tart” is uncalled for because she didn’t do anything to them but try to talk to them so it’s being sexist because if a girl talks to a guy she automatically becomes a “tart”. The story quotes, “She got that eye goin’ all the time on everybody. I bet she even gives the stable buck the eye. I do not know what the hell she wants” (Steinbeck 51). This tells us that the men see her as a flirty girl who walks around the ranch to flirt with the men but what she actually is trying to enjoy her life and not be locked in a house all day because her husband told her she has to do that. She has the right to walk around and talk to people so she can actually interact and it is disrespectful to say such things about Curley’s Wife and she shouldn’t be called a “tart” because she doesn’t deserve it. When Whit says that she even gives the…show more content…
Curley’s wife has made decisions that could have changed nor help her life but the ones she made were not her fault because she was pressured from her mother and her husband. Leaving her mother was not a right or wrong decision but at the moment she made her decision and changed her life but Curley kept it the same controlled life as before, but this time she cannot escape. In the real world this does occur often or at least did very often in years prior to now and women are/were the ones to blame because of their decisions. Many girls today are called disturbing names because of the way they act or the way the look at others or the way they dress it has become a major issue in today’s world. In the story of Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife has not done anything wrong but try to improve her life and made decisions that she thought that could help her but kept her from where she was before. When the men criticize her for walking around the ranch wanting to talk to someone they just call her “tart” because she talks to men, but she has to because she is the only female on the ranch. In today’s society this always occurs because if a girl talks to a guy it is automatically flirting so it is not her fault to try to live her life the way she wants
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