However, as the story progresses, we learn that this is only one of many sides to a very lonely woman. The readers sympathy for this character also changes throughout the novel, as her secrets are revealed and the real Curley's Wife is found. Curley's Wife is a very complex character. The reader's first impression of her is created before she actually appears in the book. We find out what the workers think of Curley's Wife through Candy when George and Lennie first arrive at the ranch.
Her life on a ranch in the 1930s, during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl is even worse because she is the only woman. Her life is surrounded my men who give her no respect. Throughout the story she is disrespected by them and after a series of events unfold, she ends up caught in a situation that she cannot escape. Curley’s wife is introduced into the book by the men as petty, cruel, and conceited. The men make her seem like she was a bad person, but in reality she was just lonely.
Curley’s wife lived not only through the sexiest society which rejected her but her husband did not love her at all making her become “… a tart… with the eye,”(Steinbeck14). That is the image that the men have of Curley’s wife because they are ignorant and do not understand that all she is searching for is to have someone to talk to. Curley’s wife’s loneliness led her to have a bad image with the men on the ranch but also made her seek for attention in anybody she did not matter who. For example she would talk to Candy, and old lifeless man, Crooks who is a Negro that is physically disabled, and Lennie who is a huge man that is mentally retarded. She became mean too since she was lonely and the men rejected her.
Despite these differences, both stories surrounding these two women are realistic and of real women who are conflicted in their role as women in a man’s world and this ultimately led them to take control of their life even if it meant killing themselves. Hedda is someone who does not have a regard for people that are close to her unlike Chandara who cared for her husband tremendously. It is clear that both of these women are different emotionally and intellectually. From the beginning of Hedda Gabler, the protagonist, Hedda Gabler has always been aloof and condescending; it is shown in page 1470 where she commented that they could not keep Bertha the maid because she accused Bertha of leaving her old hat in the living room when in fact it was Miss Tesman’s hat. She is not afraid to manipulate her friends and family and does not seem to have a regard for people close to her.
As the only woman on the ranch, Curley’s wife is lonely and sad ”why can’t i talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely”. Slim: Slim was one of the most special characters in of mice and men. Without Slim, John Steinbeck's book would not have had the same effect.
The word “tart” which shows the impression and effect Curley’s wife has on other workers on the ranch. The word “tart” is very blunt and straight forward which is the effect Steinbeck wanted to use because he wants to show the reader the immediate impression workers have about Curley’s wife. This further supports my point that Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife in a negative manner. The effect of this is that the reader has made an unfair judgement about Curley’s wife without her even speaking. This means that the reader sees her as a danger to Lennie but also makes the reader think that she is unfaithful and has married Curley for the wrong reasons such as money and power which is what all ambitious women
How Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife in this passage above? Intro: In of mice and men, Curleys Wife is presented in many numerous ways. Steinbeck depicts Curley’s wife not as a villain, but rather as a victim. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. 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.
This also for shadow’s the type of attention Curly’s wife will receive. As revealed by Steinbeck we see a more vindictive side to Curly’s wife as she verbally attacks Crooks. ‘Well you keep your place then, Nigger!’ Given her low status in the overall hierarchy on the ranch, she is aware of being more powerful than the black stable buck Crook’s. ‘You know what I could do, I could get ya lynched.’ Curly’s wife uses her power to her advantage even if it’s totally unfair. Crooks is the only person on the ranch who has lower social status than her this therefore allows her to overpower him and boss him around as much as she
Mrs. Slade, professes herself as a friend to Mrs. Ansley, but in reality has, pitied, envied and coveted her for years. In doing this she has shown herself to be a self-serving, backstabbing, snob. Mrs. Slade emphasizes her pity for her friend when she thinks to herself of “ Yes; Horace Ansley was—well just the duplicate of his wife. Museum specimens of Old New York.” She felt that her friend was boring. She grew tired of living across from her, with the only excitement being the renewal of the drawing-room curtains.
She, unlike those previous female roles in Disney; is quite outspoken, clumsy and independent. This is why she failed to meet the matchmaker’s expectation. So she considered herself as a shame, a black sheep of her family. But then she shows the filial piety of the