Of Mice and Men Charcter Analysis of Curley's Wife

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Examine the way Steinbeck presents Curley's wife's character and relationship within the course of the novel, making references to the social and historical context. John Steinbeck's novel of Mice and Men, recounts the tale of migrant workers with the aim of fulfilling the American Dream. The workers have to struggle with the brutal times following the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The ranch on which Steinbeck uses as the setting is home to all members of society; the coloured Crooks, an old swamper, slow minded Lennie and the lonely house wife Curley's wife. Steinbeck uses Curley's wife's character to depict the inferiority of women. He also uses her to inform the reader of the dire range of choices for women of that era. Steinbeck creates the character of Curley's wife to show the reader that life as a house wife is dull and repetitive. He does that by making Curley's wife not fit into the expected mould of a married house wife. She is a lonely character constantly searching for attention, even if it is from ranch workers, cripples and the coloured. Curley's wife is made to show her disgust at married life by being 'married two weeks an' got the eye', this makes the ranch workers towards her bitter and unhappy as they see her as a tart who has no reason to be near them as she will only lead to trouble. Steinbeck uses Curley's wife's character along with others to show that many people of that time had dreams, hers was that she 'could be in the pitchers' we find out about her dream just before her death this heightens the impact of the news. She knows that she is no longer able to fulfil her own dream, as she is no longer her own person but Curley's, she turns her anger into the form of making Curley jealous by flirting with other men. Despite the fact that she wants to believe she had a chance in the pictures she knows she had no chance after the promised

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