Lonely; without companions and marked by aloneness. (Webster’s II New Collage Dictionary.) To be lonely means to not have any one around to talk to, so therefore it means you are alone. In The book of mice and men Curley’s wife could be described as lonely because she doesn’t really have anybody there for her to talk to, so she is by herself most of the time. This is shown by her actions and speech. Curley’s wife is lonely because of the way she acts, what she says, and who she talks about.
One way that shows that Curley’s wife is lonely is because she acts very flirtatious. For example, right after George and Lennie arrived at the ranch she went into the barn and asked if anyone had seen Curley. “Oh!” She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward. “You’re the new fellas that just come, ain’t ya? (31) Curley’s wife is trying to flirt with Lennie and George. She does this most of the time by saying that she is looking for her husband. Curley’s wife is always looking for her husband. In doing this she is showing that she is lonely because she is looking for attention. Curley’s wife is lonely because she isn’t getting attention from Curley, so she flirts with other men.
Along with Curley’s wife being flirtatious because she is lonely, she also talks to people about being lonely. When Lennie is in the barn because he killed the puppy Curley’s wife walks in and starts talking to Lennie. “…Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.”(86) In doing this Curley’s wife is coming right out and telling Lennie that she is lonely and just wants someone to talk to. Curley’s wife is always looking for someone just to talk to because she doesn’t have anything better to do. Curley’s wife was lonely because she had no one to talk to and she was bored on the ranch.
In addition to being flirtatious and talking to people about being lonely, Curley’s wife is lonely because she...