We can see that Curley’s wife is portrayed by Steinbeck as a ‘tart’ in the beginning of the book, she is not cared for or liked by many of the men on the ranch at all as she irritates them and they think that she is not loyal towards Curley. However, by the end of the book the reader feels sorry for her as we see deeper inside her and see how lonely she is, she only has the image of a tart because she is so alone and the only way she knows to make friends is by being a flirtatious person. The first mention of Curley’s wife is in chapter 2 when George and ‘the swamper’ are talking about her. They say that she is ‘Purty ... but- well-she got the eye’. They mean that she is always looking and flirting with other men.
Curley’s wife in particular is a bully towards him as she thinks she has more power over him than anyone else, as she is married to the bosses’ son and she’s white. Crooks longs for friendship with someone but nobody wants to communicate with him as he is coloured. Excitement in his actions when Lennie turns up to talk to him shows just how lonely he is. But Lennie only talks to Crooks when all the other men are out in town. He’s quite cruel towards Lennie and torments him.
“He glanced coldly at George then Lennie.” (Steinbeck Pg 23) Getting defensive over the very sight of Lennie and George trying to pick a fight with the wrong people. Curley’s Wife; Judged from the start Curley’s wife is discriminated against from the start, the men on the ranch just assume she’s a whore when in all actuality she only married Curley because she had to. “She had full rouged lips and wide-spaced eye’s, heavily made up, her hair hung in little rolled clusters like sausages.” (Steinbeck pg 29) The very definition of beauty in the 1930’s Curley’s wife is lonely and in need of a friend other than her over bearing husband. Her only mistake when it came to talking to Lennie was panicking when he latched onto her hair which was ultimately her down fall.
They ain't got nothin to look ahead to. " Nobody likes feeling lonely but they had to deal with it. It shows that during the great depression individuals did not really have anyone and they all just worked for themselves. The loneliness on the ranch contrasts Lennie and George's close relationship by showing how truly important it is to have someone that is important to you. People will be desperate to be involved with people rather
Women also had very few rights, like Curley’s wife had to be dependent on Curley’s dad and him for shelter. There are many different levels of prejudice exhibited in Of Mice and Men. Through these prejudices the characters such as Crooks, Lennie, and Curley's wife became intensely lonely, but they were hopelessly put in powerless positions. These prejudices can still be seen in the world today. George is sure that if the boss realizes Lennie is mentally disabled, they’ll be discriminated against and not hired.
He needed her to say that she never loved her current husband Tom. His behavior clearly portrayed his conflicting emotions and excessive moodiness. Why would someone become angry or not accept that the one that they loved admits to loving them back? Even though Gatsby is rarely ever alone, from his extravagant parties, to the non-stop company of Klipspringer he is a loner. Mr. Gatsby really does not have any real friends, just people flocking to him to live off of his fortune.
He is so desperate for company and for someone to talk, even though he does not really show it. "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, longs he with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an he gets sick" (page 105. Crooks) In a way, everyone needs someone to talk to, whether it is a friend, family member, or even a pet.Crooks does not have any of these sources.
She then goes onto talking about herself and how she ‘coulda made something’ of herself and that she only married Curley on the rebound. This then starts to make the reader feel sorry for her and rethink their opinion of her. She then continues to say ‘I don’t like Curley, he aint a nice fella’ which creates even more empathy toward her from the reader. This may be because she hasn’t achieved her dream and is living as part of someone else’s- on the rebound. Consequently her death, towards the end of the novel, creates a totally different image of her by the
Even when asking for a raise, he lies to his boss and say’s his boys are doing well knowing they cannot provide for him. He fails Biff in Boston and it is ironic that Biff eventually recognizes that he and his family are “average joes” but Willy never wants to accept that reality. Willy Loman is no
She would flirt with the ranch hands for her own fun and she stupidly tried the same with Lennie. She was racist and a bit of a "tart". You could also look at her sympathetically. She was the lonely wife of jealous husband. All she wanted is someone to talk to but all there was were the ranch hands who didn't want anything to do with her because they would get in trouble.