Does Steinbeck Portray Relationships in of Mice and Men as Futile?

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Futility is defined as something that is pointlees or frivolous. In terms of relationships, that would mean, a connection shared between two people that is meaningless and without purpose. However, relationships can turn futile when faced with certain forces. This idea is shown perfectly in 'OMAM' where we see a variety of relationships in the face of marginalisation- which is coincedently one of the big themes of the book. An example of a relationship turned futile in the face of marginalisation is Curley's wife. Steinbeck writes her as the most complex character, showing us three sides to her. In section two Candy describes her as, 'a tart', which gives us the impressin that she sleeps around so much that everyone knows about it. This point is further reinforced by Curley, who is always looking for her. Steinbeck portrays him as paranoid and insecure for which he overcompensates for with aggression. In section 4 we find talking to Crooks, Candy and Lennie, in this section we see a glimpse of her true self, after which she then overcompensates for her vulnerability by threatening to have Crooks lynched. This gives us the impression that she is evil. Finally in section 5 we see the true version of Curley's wife, we learn she has dreams, just like everyone else, and also falls victim to loneliness (another big theme of the novel). In death, we see what she really looks like, innocent and pure. Steinbeck describes her that way because, in death there's nothing left of her to fall victim to marginalisation, and so, we see whatshe really looks like, aside from the rumors spread by the ranch
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