To Blame For Women In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

688 Words3 Pages

Is being a woman something someone should be blamed for? Growing up as a woman in the 1900s was very unfair for all females. They had less rights and were treated as if they were prized possessions. A book that provides insight into this topic is Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. In the book, the only female character is married to the boss’ son, Curly. Curly and his wife 's relationship has no true love involved and according to Curley 's wife, the marriage is very forceful. In fact, we do not even know the name of Curley 's wife! In Of Mice and Men, it is illusive that Curley 's wife is treated poorly and has an unfair life. All Curley 's wife wanted to do was talk with the other ranchers instead she is considered a tart for talking to other …show more content…

Marriage usually occurs when two people are deeply in love. This was not the case for Curley 's wife. Curley 's wife explains to Lennie, “I don’ like Curley. He ain 't a nice fella” (Steinbeck 89). According to the quote, Curley 's wife does not like her own husband! She was forced into marrying a guy she doesn 't truly love. Curly would abuse her, use her as bragging rights, and never spend time with his wife. Curley even had a glove filled with Vaseline so one of his hands could be soft for touching his wife. This is abusive because he talked about him and his wife’s sex life with the other ranchers. Since the other men on the ranch did not have a love, Curley uses his wife to his advantage by using her as bragging rights. It is unfortunate and disturbing what Curley’s wife had …show more content…

Although many believe Curley’s wife should be blamed for her own death, she is innocent because she was just trying to relate and talk to Lennie. Instead George and Curley should be the ones to blame for the death of Curley’s wife. George should be blamed because while he was having fun playing horseshoes Lennie was getting himself into trouble. To add, Curley can also be blamed because if he shows affection and spends time with his wife she wouldn’t be going around talking to other guys. Curley’s has no one to turn to when she is in need of support. Curley’s wife explains, “Seem like they ain’t none of them cares how I gotta live” (Steinbeck 88). According to the quote, Curley’s wife realizes no one is here to support and

Open Document