How could a character with no name be so deep and complex? The novella ‘Of mMice and mMen’ uses symbolism and hidden meanings to add depth to the characters, Curley’s wife being a prime example. The novella offers contradicting descriptions and presentations of Curley’s wife making us hate and disapprove of her while the next moment we feel guilty and mourn her. Steinbeck creates contrasting images of Curley’s wife by using literary techniques such as pathetic fallacy, juxtaposition and irony.
Every day, millions of people judge others based on the stereotypes that apply to them, and some do not even know it. Most times these misjudgments are harmless, however, they can definitely be destructive. False judgments based on the stereotypes one follows can make a total stranger seem like a menace to society. This issue is so popular, that it used every day to falsely misjudge others in harmful ways. The most important lesson gained from reading Night, Of Mice and Men, and watching Angel of Bergen-Belsen is that one cannot use stereotypes to judge others because the person could be the total opposite of the judgments and misjudging they can inflict harm to that person if used in the wrong way.
Of Mice and Men provides us with plenty examples of dehumanization that guide us to conclusions, or insights or feelings of dehumanization. Some examples of this is the dehumanization of Lennie, Crooks and Curley’s wife. Of Mice and Men perfects the traits of dehumanization of Lennie by relating him to a number of animals like the horse. Steinbeck dehumanizes Lennie by comparing him to a horse when George says, “His huge companionship dropped his baskets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse” (Steinbeck, 2). Furthermore, Steinbeck helps us, by dehumanizing Crooks, living in a barn, to animals, to visualize how poorly Crooks is treated. To prove this, Crook says, “ ‘Cause I’m black.
Who has ever eluded the consequences for doing something wrong as a child, and thought, Wow, I’m so lucky I didn’t get caught? Or how about nearly breaking something while doing something thoughtless with friends that would’ve gotten them in trouble and thinking, We are really lucky that didn’t happen? Everyone has done something that they have evaded some sort of punishment and thought that karma was on their side that day. These are what one may call, “good luck.” But what about, “bad luck,” when you no longer have any? In his novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck utilizes theme to illustrate that luck can only run on for long until it runs out.
In the book Curley's wife is shown as a pretty woman who is used by men. She wanted to go to Hollywood and become famous, but because she married Curley who lived on a farm she had to stay at home and clean up. In the book they don’t give her a name, they leave her unnamed because in the time period that the book was written women were seen as inanimate objects. They were used for cleaning and taking care of children. George talks about how Curley's wife is trying lure men into touching her so she can feel wanted. “I seen ‘em poison before,but i never seen no piece of jailbait worse than her.”(Steinbeck 32). After Lennie first meets Curley’s wife he says
After the Great Depression in 1929, America’s economy was devastated. The increase of farming across the Great Plains states caused the precious soil to erode, turning the once fertile grassland to a desert like Dust Bowl. Hundreds of farmers and workers migrated to California in search of jobs aiming for the American Dream. The American Dream is the hopes and the goals of the characters in which they can obtain a better life through their hard work. In Of Mice and Men, the American Dream is portrayed to be extremely vital for the men as it serves as their motivation, yet ultimately proves to be unattainable through the memorable characters of Lennie, George and Curley’s wife.
Desmond Tutu, a South - African social activist and retired Anglican priest once said “ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”. Of Mice and Men is a novel which revolves around the lives of struggling farmers and how they still maintain hope despite their hardships. The symbolic representation of light embodies the hopes and the American Dream, whereas the dark epitomizes the harsh realities and truths of their lives. Steinbeck uses light and dark to foreshadow the upcoming events in the forlorn lives of the migrant workers. He also combines aspects such as the setting and characters with light and dark to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind as to how the world of the migrant workers looks like.
“In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.” -John Steinbeck. Loneliness can be affected by many things and can affect many things. Curley’s wife is a character whose actions are debatably driven by the feeling of loneliness. Some think her actions are driven solely by her personality and moral values. Others see nothing wrong with her actions and excuse them by placing the origin of it on loneliness. These actions, no matter what the commencement, have a great impact on the people of the ranch. They affect relationships, sensibility, and moral character. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men the actions of Curley’s wife can be debated through what she does, her reasons of her actions, and the impact her actions have on
In John Steinbeck’s phenomenal novel Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife causes problems all over the ranch by interrupting situations everywhere because she resides in a loveless relationship. Curley’s wife produced the Curley-Slim conflict by always dodging him and never being around to see him which lead Curley to quick accusations. Then she goes snooping in the barn to find poor Lennie after he just killed his pup which leads to her death and downfall of some rancher’s American Dream ranch. Curley’s wife also finds herself in Crook’s room just looking to stir trouble when she starts tossing out insults embarrassing them and hurting their spirits. No matter what situation is transponding she always finds a way to create problems for everyone
Not only one person will stereotype people. Every single person will judge and stereotype someone. There were lots of examples of stereotyping all throughout the book. From Candy, and Curly judging Lennie right as he met him. Those are just some of the examples of stereotypes throughout the story. Now, Stereotyping is a common thing in everyday life. So, it does make people look differently and badly at the world. Also, when people judge others it makes them feel more empowered and better. Judging,criticizing,talking bad about,making fun of, and disrespecting all people is stereotyping.
George and Lennie just arrived to the farm where they find Candy and Candy starts to tell them how the farm works and about everyone on the farm, Curley’s wife is now being discussed and Candy states, “Well, I think Curley’s married… a tart” (28). Through this phrase, it is understood that everyone now on the farm believes Curley’s wife is a tart because she flaunts around all the boys and she isn’t portrayed as a very mature woman until the end of the novel where more is discovered about her. Curley’s wife is a very lonely person that just craves the attention she doesn’t get, so she acts like a tart since that gives her the attention she wants/ needs. Curley’s wife walks into the barn right after Lennie killed the puppy and Lennie avoided talking to Curley’s wife since he thinks, “Well, George says you’ll get us in a mess” (88). Through, this phrase, Steinbeck is portraying that everyone believes that Curley’s wife is going to influence Lennie to make bad decisions, which is what happened, but not everyone expected it. This phrase goes to show that Curley’s wife is misunderstood since George believes that if Lennie is alone with Curley’s wife something bad will happen and something will happen to Lennie. Even though, Curley’s wife is just lonely and is looking for attention that she doesn’t receive.. Curley’s wife is talking to Lennie now and they are talking about her life and she keeps questioning why he won’t talk to her, “Wha’s the matter with me… ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody?” (87). Through these two sentences it is clear that everyone has misunderstood her because of how she acts. She doesn’t see that people are calling her a tart just because she acts a certain way and they see her more as a prop, than a person. Curley’s wife is misunderstood because no one knows anything
“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.
Humans are connected with one another through simple gravity-like forces that are ubiquitous and powerful, but in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the characters isolate themselves. While the english poet John Donne once said that “No man is an island”, his contemporary John Milton believed that “Solitude sometimes is best society”. So, which is true? In both books the characters act as if they are“islands”, but this does not create the “best society”.The characters’ detached isolation toward one another causes them to end up feeling empty and disconnected. In both Of Mice and Men and The Outsiders characters build mental barriers to protect themselves