Curley's Wife

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Curley’s wife is presented as a dream destroyer and a flirt in this novel, however Steinbeck suggests that there is a more complex character. She is a product of an evil, social, and economics environment of the 1930s; It was a society which degraded women. Curley’s wife puts herself out there as a desperate flirt, but while she’s flirting with guys she’s only looking for someone she can talk to. When Curley’s wife is talking to Lennie she tells him how she doesn’t get to express her feelings while living on the farm. She realizes that Lennie has mental disabilities therefore decides to talk to him because she knows he will stay. Curley’s wife is only trying to find someone who will pay attention to her whether it is someone she really wants to talk to or not. The fact that she goes around searching for anyone makes her look desperate yet no one realizes that she is in desperate need of feeling wanted. In Steinbeck’s Curley’s wife is never called by her name. This symbolizes how she is treated, as if she is worthless and unintelligent. This also shows that men treated women worse than their pets. Men acted towards women as if they owned them. This is evident when we look at Curley’s wife because it shows why she feels insignificant. Instead of calling Curley’s wife by her name they say “Curley’s woman”, “a tart”, “the new kid and a jail bait”. If men talked to her more and started calling her by her name Curley’s wife wouldn’t flirt as much and would feel way more valuable than she did. She is first introduced by candy the swamper, who describes her from her perspective to George and Lennie. The fact that Curley’s wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a negative impression of Curleys wife before she even enter the section. Candy mentions that “she got the eye” suggesting that she is flirtatious and immoral, she flirts with other
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