Curleys' Wife

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Curley’s Wife Curley’s wife is an interesting character in Of Mice and Men. Near the start of the story, she has a fairly minor role in the story, but Steinbeck slowly increases her importance till she is the cause of Lennie’s death. The reader is manipulated to like, and dislike her at the same time. We are made to dislike Curley’s wife at first, because she’s married to Curley, and the subtext is implying that there’s a small relation with her, and a “tart”, as Candy said in chapter 2; “I think Curley’s married… a tart.” There are links between Curley’s wife and prostitution, for example; “She wore a cotton house dress and red mules” linking the red mules with things such as the red-light district. Another link is how she was “heavily made up”, and she had “full, rouged lips”. They was she acts around the other men on the ranch was disgusting for a married woman. She was constantly flirting with them, for example she said to Lennie “Nobody can’t blame a person for lookin’” implying that it’s okay for Lennie to look if he wants. She was also always running away from Curley at the same time. Curley’s wife would always try to show more of herself, and of course the reaction of the men was to call her a “tramp” and a “rat trap”. This is also subtly changing the readers view. We can see that all the men on the Ranch feel the same way about her. Steinbeck almost puts you in the position of Lennie and George, so whenever she insults them, so also insults you, further exaggerating what you feel about Curley’s wife. For example, when she says “They left all the weak ones here” all the men ignore her to let her know that she isn’t wanted, and Crooks tells her to get out. This angers her, in a sudden outburst she shouts “Listen, nigger… I could get you strung up in a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” This sets your opinion of her in stone. This was not only a serious
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