How Does Steinbeck Present the Theme of Loneliness Through Curley's Wife in of Mice and Men? - Notes

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+ The story Of Mice and Men is set in Salinas by the Salinas River - where George and Lennie spend the night after escaping from their previous ranch in weed – just south of Soledad. The theme of loneliness runs throughout the book and I will be exploring how Steinbeck presents this theme through the character of Curley’s wife. Many of the characters are lonely, and seek different ways to find comfort, for Candy it is his dog, this is why he finds it so hard to let him go during chapter 3 “The old man squirmed uncomfortably” this shows he’s in a lot of discomfort, as he does want to be lonely, and his dog accompanies him. For George and Lennie it is each other, they often speak about how important it is for them to travel together “Guys …show more content…
Lennie is the only Character in book that doesn’t really show any dislike or hatred to her, when he first sees her he repeats “purty”, although he is told by George to stay away from her as he doesn’t want there to be no trouble.
+ Throughout the book Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is never named, she is always just known as Curley’s wife. I think this is an important part of the book as it shows that she has no individual identity, it shows that she is merely Curley’s object. She is not treated as an individual and is seen by other characters as just a symbol of other things like Curley’s wife.
+ During the 1930s women were treated a lot differently as they were today. They were housewives. They were seen as ‘slaves’, and ‘the weaker sex’ they had to take orders from their husbands and obey them, they’d do chores, they would wash, cook and clean whilst the men went out and worked. They were treated without respect, they were only wanted for what they could offer; sex, cleaning. They were just seen as objects and nothing further. Women were not wanted on ranches, and that is where the role of Curley’s wife comes into it. Whilst on the ranch, as stated earlier, the men are not friendly with her, and I think the inequality between the two genders back then really affected their views towards her. During the book you really do see how different it was for woman back then, Curley’s wife is always
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