Of Mice and Men Essay

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In the novel of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the characters most responsible for the death of Curley’s wife are Candy and Curley. Candy is one of the characters responsible for the death of Curley’s wife because he gossips about her and he rejects her. For example, when George and Lennie first arrive at the ranch, they meet Candy in the bunkhouse who tells them that he saw Curley’s wife, “…give Slim the eye” (28). Candy gives the new workers, George and Lennie, information about Curley’s wife being flirtatious to other ranch workers even though she is married. Due to Candy’s bad impression of Curley’s wife to George and Lennie, George became paranoid and gave Lennie strict rules to follow, which eventually caused Curley’s wife to die as a result. Furthermore, Candy is in the barn staring at Curley’s wife’s dead body and cursing at her by saying, “You God damn tramp, you done it di’n’t you” (95). Candy is expressing a heightened amount of anger that his dream of owning a ranch with George and Lennie will never come true. Because of Candy’s consistent exclusions of Curley’s wife, she feels the need to go looking for attention from Lennie, who snaps her neck. Because Candy spreads malicious rumors about Curley’s wife and he excludes her, he takes a part in the responsibility for her death. Curley is one of the characters responsible for the demise of his wife because he was neglectful towards his wife and unfaithful to her. For instance, when Curley’s wife tries to talk to Lennie in the Barn while he avoids her, she says, “I get lonely, I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad”(42). Curley is careless with his wife since she is always solitary and had no one to talk with because of Curley’s jealousy. Curley is not a good husband since he constantly does not let his wife to speak with George or any other worker of the ranch because he gets upset and

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