Of Mice and Men
In the novella Of Mice and Men, many themes are created/portrayed. The story is about 2 friends who travel together working on ranches for a lousy buck. The book is set during the depression of the 1930’s. The story is a tale of hope, courage, loyalty, belonging, acceptance, inspiration and admiration.
In the novella one of the main themes is alienation. In the story we meet a woman who is the wife of the ranch owner’s son. We do not know her name but she is referred to as Curley’s wife. A woman on anal man’s ranch is the first sign of alienation. At that time women were perceived as much inferior to men and possibly genetically less capable then men. Curley’s wife is seen as property of Curley which casts her out from the rest of the ranch population. She is seen as Curley’s property which therefore means her life has no meaning or significance other than being a wife. When she wants to socialize, she talks to the other ranch hands and always tends to claim she is looking for Curley, but really seeking a companion to talk to.
Her behaviors make the reader/s get feelings of contempt or even remorse due to the way she lacks moral and social discipline for herself by acting in such a flirtatious, attention seeking, obnoxious way towards the ranch workers. This is due to her husband depriving her of the attention she deserves, being confined to an all man ranch where she is deprived from socializing with women or traveling to see women and the small house she lives in.
“think I’m gonna stay in that tac by four house and listen to how Curley’s gonna lead with his left hook, and then bring in the ol’ right just’ the ol’ one-two and he’ll go down.’’ She lets voices her anger and frustration to Lennie, Candy, and Crooks about her marriage with Curley.
During the story she expresses a great deal of loneliness.
“I never get to talk to nobody get awful lonely. Sat'itday night. Ever'body out doin som'pin. Ever'body! An' what am I doin'? Standin...