Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Q- “I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her” what is the reader supposed to think about Curley’s wife? * How is she described by the other characters?

* How the author describes her

* How she speaks/behaves

* Her dreams

* Is she the cause of all the trouble

Written By Ruqayyah Draey Curley’s wife is not well described and respected by the other characters. She is often looked down upon and discriminated against; partly due to her being a woman but also due to her behaviour towards the other men.
“I think Curley’s married... a tart, I seen her give Slim the eye”.
From what Candy describes, Curley’s wife as, I can sense he isn’t too fond of
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She, after all is higher ranked on the ranch due to her being married to the boss’s son. She uses this as a weapon to demand respect and power over Crooks only because no one else gives it to her.
One of the themes of this novel is dreams, while many men on the ranch dreamt of the American dream of owning their own ranch, Curley’s wife had a different dream, she dreamed of becoming an actress. “coulda been in the movies, an’ had pictures taken of me. Because the guy says I was a natural.” I understand now why Curley’s wife was searching for attention from the other characters. I guess she feels as if she could have become a famous actress and is subsatuting that feeling by making herself known amongst the men. She craves that attention she could have potentially received. Curley’s wife is very misunderstood by the other characters and since no one gives her the time of day she’s badly perceived. George, Lennie and Candy were aiming for the American dream of being their own boss or in Lennie’s case tending the rabbits. This dream came to an end when Lennie accidentally killed Curley’s wife. Candy is angry at Curley’s wife for causing all this trouble. “Ever’body knowed you’d mess things up. You wasn’t no good”. Candy is reflecting his anger upon Curley’s wife, he blames her for his shattered dream. I can understand why he thinks this, he’s never liked her. I don’t feel she’s the

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