Essay about Curley’s wife

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Essay about Curley’s wife

Curley’s wife is the only female character in the novel Of Mice of
Men; Curley’s wife is never given a name and is only referred to in reference to her husband. Like the other people on the ranch, she is very lonely and has dreams of a better life which never come true.

The author John Steinbeck introduces Curley’s wife in a symbolic ness way, this is shown when George is talking to Lennie about the dream and when Curley’s wife first meets both the men. “Both men glanced up, for the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off. A girl was standing there looking in.” The symbolic ness of the word sunshine is hope, freedom, happiness and dreams. This foreshadows that she may cause trouble or come …show more content…

Curley’s wife acts very provocative, playful, childish and flirtatious, this is because she is very lonely and has no power at all. Nobody knows the real person she is because no one ever dares to get in trouble with her. Curley’s wife is often presented negatively by Steinbeck such as when she is cruel to crooks after his hopes have been raised by the dream. This is easily shown when Curley’s wife snaps at Crooks. “keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on the tree so easy.” Curley’s wife is being racist because she is so angry and so lonely. She is powerless on the ranch and the only person she has power is on Crooks who is black. She is basically just exercising her power on him because she can get him lynched on a tree.
She uses the word Nigger which shows that she is racist. This shows that the society in the 1930s was racist.

Curley’s relationship with his wife seems as if they don’t even like each other. This is shown when Curley’s wife says “I don’t’ like
Curley, he ain’t a nice fella.” Curley’s wife is also scared of Curley due to his fearsome power and a brutish man. She only married Curley because she wanted to get away from her Mother. The only reason she wanted to leave her Mother was because she thought her Mother was

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