Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

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Curley’s Wife Mice of Men
Of Mice and Men is a novel set in the 1930’s based upon the hardship and rough times of the great depression. It was written by Nobel prize winning novelist John Steinbeck. Steinbeck’s life influenced his literature, as he was in identical situations as the character he describes in his novel. Steinbeck was a migrant worker who also conveniently grew up on a ranch. He also wrote another book called ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ during this time period. We can imagine that his own experiences were influential to the context of his novel. The purpose of this novella was to illustrate the struggles of being a migrant ranch worker. Solitude and dreams are dominant themes in this novel and are exemplified throughout.
We are introduced to the character of Curley’s wife in chapter two. Up until this point, George and Lennie have just arrived on the ranch. They are greeted by ‘the old man’(Candy). Candy is a long-term swamper who has no real friends other than his companion dog. In efforts to befriend George and Lennie, Candy takes the opportunity to help them accustom to the ranch. A quick profile of the boss is followed by a low down on Curley and his wife. Candy portrays a negative impression of Curley’s wife and even goes as far as describing her a ‘tart’. Aswell as this he goes on to say that she ‘She got the eye’. This gives the reader the impression that Curley’s wife is promiscuous. Women of promiscuous character are shamefully looked down upon by society…
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