Curley's Wife

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Curley’s Wife Curley’s wife is an extremely complex character in the novel “Of Mice and Men.” Steinbeck excellently portrays this throughout the novel with the detailed ways in which he describes her looks and everyday behaviour. Before we even meet Curley’s wife we know that George thinks she will be trouble. This prepares the reader for future events and we begin to dislike her immediately. Curley’s wife is treated with so little self respect, hence why she is never referred to by her first name; this highlights the prejudice against women in the novel and shows she has no importance amongst the ranch workers. She is also a good-looking lady who wears a lot of makeup, form-fitting dresses, and ostrich feathered-high heels. “She had full, roughed lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up.” Steinbeck’s description of her when she first appears suggests that she is clearly far too overdressed for ranch life. Her body language is very provocative. “She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.” She flirts deliberately with the ranch hands and causes them to suffer Curley’s wrath. Further, she does little to hide these flirtations from her husband, though they’re likely to infuriate him and make him feel even smaller. As the only woman on the ranch, Curley’s wife is lonely and sad; something her marriage to Curley only makes worse. She reveals throughout the course of the story that she is unhappy in her marriage because her husband seems to care little for her, and is really more interested in talking about himself than anything else. She is constantly searching for her husband, “I’m looking for Curley.” Although, this may be just an excuse to mingle with the men and have some company. Curley’s wife barges in on Lennie, Crooks, and Candy in Chapter Four. She singles the men out, calling them the

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