Curley made life really unpleasent for his wife on the ranch. He never had a proper conversation with her throughout the book and never cared how she felt. Curley kept “his hand soft for his wife” and went around showing off to other men about it. Curley is always resentful and angry towards everyone on the ranch, he has a problem with big men even though he is described as small in the book. Everyone on the ranch called Curleys Wife a ''tart'' because she flirts and the ranch men said ''Shes got the eyes''.
We can see that Curley clearly treats her as a trophy wife as her name ‘Curley’s wife’ shows that she is practically his property and he owns her. As there are only men on the ranch, she is seen as an inferior being while all of her relations are troubled. Steinbeck has used this to portray that women have no place whatsoever on a ranch. The various characters throughout Of Mice and Men have numerous relationships with Curley’s wife. For example George states she is a ‘tramp’.
But, we also come to an understanding of the tragedy of life. Regardless of the sufferings of those who live it, life goes on. One of the most significant characters in John Steinbeck's novel "Of mice and men," is Curley’s wife, as she is known to the audience. The only women on the ranch she is the wife of the boss's son. She does not have a name because she does not have her own identity.
Whereas she seems to belong more in glitzy and glamorous world, in an easy and out going life. The ranch hands, as seen from the fact that she is given no identity of her own as she is dubbed “Curley’s wife”, objectify her. She is the only woman in the ranch, which isolates her even further since she has no one of similar views and interest to talk to. She is vain, flirtatious and very gullible, which is easily picked up on since she believed out of her own delusions that her mother hid the letter, which told her if she was going to become an actress. This causes her to enter a loveless marriage with Curley, which she believed in self-delusion, was going to provide her a glamorous lifestyle.
She has no friends therefore has a lonely existence. Our first impression of Curley’s wife is by the men on the ranch and what they think about her. Some of the words the men use to describe her include ‘‘tart’’ ‘‘jail-bait’’ and ‘‘she got the eye.’’ These all describe her to be dangerous before we first see her. When we’re first introduced to Curley’s wife she is heavily made up with red lipstick and red ostrich feathers both of which symbolise sexuality as well as danger. She has a very flirtatious nature which makes her husband jealous.
Another character is Curley's wife who is very lonely. Steinbeck shows lonliness by showing her only women on the ranch. She is lonely because at that time author is writing ,women were used to stay at home and not allowed to go out. She always flirts with the male workers of the ranch to seek attention.She always try to talk to somebody but no one is ready to talk to her. For evidence she said to Lennie,"I never get to talk to nobody.
She is a beautiful woman with long, black hair that makes women jealous and men want her. During the time that she was married to Logan Killicks, who was an old, ugly man and wasn’t her idea of a husband, she didn’t have the freedom to be herself. Janie stayed with Logan for almost a year before she left him. Logan thought that marriage meant that the man was “the boss” and that women were meant to be put to work. Janie didn’t like that and refused to work and “worship” him for the sixty acres that he had.
In the John Steinbeck’s novel “of Mice and Men” he introduces us to the character of Curley’s wife. She could be interpreted as a mis-fitting character in the novel as no one relates to her. Steinbeck relates her to how women were powerless during 1930’s and makes her seem desperately lonely and isolated from the others on the ranch. She has sexual power which she uses to get to the men on the ranch and she just needs someone to talk to. She dislikes her husband and had a desire to become a movie star.
She is the only female character who appears in the novel and it is her death that ultimately leads to the events of the tragic ending. - Curley’s wife is shown as an important character as she plays a lot of main parts in the book, and the things she says plays an important part in the book ‘I don’t like Curley, he ain’t a nice fella’ this shows that maybe she has regrets about marrying him, and that because she didn’t carry on with her dreams and ambitions, which is one of the themes in the book, that’s why she ended up on the ranch feeling ‘lonely’ she says which is also another theme in the