She's the only female character in the novel, and she's never given a name and is only referred to in reference to her husband. The men on the farm refer to her as a “tramp,” a “tart,” and a “looloo.” Dressed in fancy, feathered red shoes, she represents the temptation of female sexuality in a male-dominated world. She is a simple object or possession belonging to her husband and this shows the severity of the sexual discrimination in America in 1930s. I believe Steinbeck would have thought of her not as a person but a symbol. Almost everyone on the ranch is lonely and she symbolizes this.
Curly's wife is so lost, lonely and insignificant that Steinbeck does not even give her a name. She spends the novel trying to find company under the guise of looking for her husband. Curly is in fact an intensely abusive person with a major case of small-guy complex. The irony is that while she pretends to be looking for Curly, she is actually trying to avoid him. The men on the ranch fear Curly's wife.
Moreover, men see themselves superior than woman because of patriarchy system. In the film, McMurphy did not listen to Miss Ratchet as a leader and is against all of her decisions as well. McMurphy refuse to listen to her because she is a female. She may be a leader in the mental institution but not to his
“Well you ain’t tryin’ very hard. I seen him goin’ in your house.” He replied. This shows us that that Curley’s Wife wasn’t really looking for Curley and was just using that for an excuse to go into the barn. Curley’s Wife is shown to be trampy by many of her actions and her appearances in the novel. To the men on the farm she is considered as a "tart", a woman trying to escape her husband.
Explore the ways in which Curley’s wife is presented and developed in Of Mice and Men The first time the reader is introduced to Curley’s wife is when Candy tells George that Curley has recently got married and that ‘he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife’. She is spoken as though she is a pet/animal who needs soft, gentle hands when touched. This method of introduction does not present Curley’s wife in a favourable light. The men at the ranch are gossiping about her sex life which has been made public to them. Steinbeck leads the reader to believe that Curley does not really care about his wife; if he did, he would not be flaunting their private life and he would consider her dignity.
Curley’s wife Curley’s wife Curley’s wife was first introduced into the novel when Lennie Small and George Milton first came to the ranch. She is doesn’t really have a name she is seen as a possession to her husband .she is a really good looking lady and she dresses up quite heavily with her make up as well but she’s doing that only to hide her true identity she is the only woman on the ranch and she is quite lonely and sad. She married Curley which for her was a big mistake and which made her life worse She always said that a movie star would send her a letter when he got back from Hollywood that she would be an actress but that didn’t happen she always blamed her mum for that she thought that her mum hid the letter so she wouldn’t
Author John Steinbeck is honored for the deep description in his novels that allow the reader to picture the story in the mind as if they are actually there. This is especially true with his details given about a story’s characters. However, in his novel Of Mice and Men, although he provides substantial detail about her personality and appearance, he leaves Curley’s Wife without of name. In the novel, Curley’s Wife was a possession to her husband, an outcast on the ranch, and a misunderstood victim of her circumstances. In the time era in which Of Mice and Men took place in, woman were considered second class citizens.
She avoids Curley and seemingly only enterers into the relationship in order to leave an unpleasant, constraining home life, although she now regrets it. She does not belong on the ranch, however, and is ill at ease and out of place in this violent, brutal world that is dominated by men. Her death, even if we argue that is partly her own fault because she leads Lennie on allowing him to “pet” her hair, makes her yet more of a tragic victim. Whilst the men want revenge for her death, no one mourns for her and she is left alone in the barn with Candy, who is equally angry with her for spoiling his dreams. The final description of Curley’s wife suggests that in death she is finally at peace as she is abandoned like a rag doll in the hay, which is truly tragic and
“I get lonely” (87). Whenever Curley catches her talking with the other men, he threatens to hurt them. When Curley’s wife talks to Lennie in the barn right before her kills her, Steinbeck really makes a point that she is not a tramp, but is just mistreated. “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley, else he gets mad. How’d you like to not talk to anybody?”
HOW DOES STEINBECK PRESENT CURLEY’S WIFE IN OF MICE AND MEN Steinbeck introduces Curley’s Wife into the novella in a negative way. We first hear of her through gossip after George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. Candy says she gives the men on the ranch ‘the eye’ and calls her ‘…a tart’. He is warning them of her flirtatious ways and hesitates before calling her a tart as he knows what he’s saying is scandalous. He also says ‘wait’ll you see Curley’s wife’.