For one, Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch and the only prominent female character in the entire novel. Also, Curley is very possessive of her, as if she is something that belongs to him but that everyone else desires. Curley wants the inferior men on the ranch to know that he has something valuable that they are prohibited from. Curley prohibits her from socializing with the other men, and thus she has no companions. Because she is so lonely she is always seeking attention and putting great effort into her looks.
Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. Curley’s wife: Of Mice and Menis not kind in its portrayal of women. In fact, women are treated with contempt throughout the course of the book. Steinbeck generally depicts women as troublemakers who bring ruin on men and drive them mad. Curley’s wife, who walks the ranch as a temptress, seems to be a prime example of this destructive tendency—Curley’s already bad temper has only worsened since their wedding.
Curley’s Wife is a complex character that is mentioned in the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’. In the beginning of the novella we feel sympathy and negativity towards Curley’s Wife. We feel sympathy because Curley’s Wife has no name. This shows that she is not of importance and that she is no more than an object. The characters in the novella refer to her as ‘Curley’s Wife’.
Of mice and men explores the social issues going on at this time such as discrimination against woman and blacks. Curley s wife is discriminated against because she is a woman. She is isolated and lonely as she is the only female on the ranch. Curley’s wife represented the way that women were treated in the 1930s. In the story Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is seen as a tart, looloo, tramp and a bitch.
Curley’s wife is also a strong adumbration of the death of the American Dream. The reader holds their opinion of Curley’s wife with a certain bitterness most of the way through the novel, and often disregards everything she says as we sympathise with George and agree with his opinion that Curley’s wife is nothing but “Jail-bait” and “no good”. Curley’s wife tells a story to Lennie in the barn about how she could have been somebody. She says; “He says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.
Of Mice and Men Character study Curley’s wife In this character study I will examine the portrayal of Curley’s wife in the novella Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck. This character is the only woman in the plot (apart from the dead Aunt Clara and prostitutes) and is given no name. This tells us that she is of little significance and merely a possession or rather just Curley’s wife. We are first introduced to the nameless character in chapter two where Candy describes her as a ‘tart’ in spite of the fact that she has recently got married. He insinuates that she gives all the guys ‘the eye’ and is a loose woman.
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.
“looking in” keeps being repeated throughout the novel to show that she is an outsider as she doesn’t fit in with the men on the farm, a girl with a house dress on a farm with a lot of men getting all dirty, it just doesn’t work. Steinbeck also shows that she is lonely as she is stuck in a house all day bored and having to listen to her ignorant husband say “how Curley’s gonna
Paragraph 1 We get our first description of Curly’s wife from the old ranch hand Candy, who is also a huge gossip. Candy perceives her a ‘purty’ but also as a ‘tart. He then goes on to mention the fact that after only 2 weeks of being married to Curly she has already ‘got the eye’ for many other men on the ranch. This description gives the readers the impression that Curley’s wife is a flirtatious ‘tart’ and this is how we continue to think of Curley’s wife until later on in the book when we see her develop further into a more complex character. Paragraph 2 Candy’s first description of Curley’s wife is reinforced by Steinbeck’s description of her on page 53.