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.
Lonely; without companions and marked by aloneness. (Webster’s II New Collage Dictionary.) To be lonely means to not have any one around to talk to, so therefore it means you are alone. In The book of mice and men Curley’s wife could be described as lonely because she doesn’t really have anybody there for her to talk to, so she is by herself most of the time. This is shown by her actions and speech.
Steinbeck presents Curley’s wife as nameless throughout the novella this presents her as Curley’s possession. By presenting us with one female character Steinbeck is indicating there is no real place for a woman on the ranch. Also, I think he reflects the history of women in the Great Depression onto Curley’s wife, how woman were considered inferior to men. Before George has met Curley’s wife Candy begins to tell George about her: “only been two weeks and she’s already got the eye.” ‘Eye’ signifies to us that she is unfaithful to her husband as she finds other men attractive, this makes the reader disapprove of her. Steinbeck makes us feel dislike by manipulating us into think she’s seeking attention inappropriately.
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
Atticus Finch is “civilised in his heart.” Atticus stands for all Harper Lee admires in a father, citizen, a lawyer, a southern gentleman and a Christian. He is the ideal “reasonable” man. He is an intellectual and a book-lover, he “would be so deep in a book he wouldn’t hear the kingdom coming.” He is highly generous and kind, this can be shown by him investing in his brother’s education. He functions as the moral backbone of Maycomb, a person to whom others turn in times of doubt and trouble. He is highly respected within Maycomb, Judge Taylor says that he is “always courteous to everybody” and Miss Maudie proclaims “we trust him to do right.” Even though Atticus actions of protecting Tom Robinson brought him to be the object of scorn in Maycomb ironically he is a heroic figure in the novel.
That is the strength of the book I think, not the simplicity but the way he makes you feel as though you are the writer. I honestly did not think there was a weak point to the book. This was one of the better books that I have read, mainly because I was very interested in the subject. The book was very interesting and intense.
These characters are isolated due to the gender, age or colour, are isolated from society or others on the ranch. Candy and Crooks are two secondary characters who are depicted as being isolated. Candy is isolated due to his age and disability whereas Crooks is isolated because he is a black man. Candy’s disability isolates him from the other men. ‘He pointed with his right arm, and out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand.’ His ‘stick-like wrist’ singles him out from the other workers on the ranch who are all heaving bags of barley all day: “bucking barley”.
The title "Of Mice and Men". Firstly Steinbeck portrays Curley's wife as a lonely character. Newly married and in a strange place, she is forbidden by Curley to talk to anyone but him. To counter this, she constantly approaches the ranch hands on the excuse of looking for Curley. The only result is that the men regard her as a "slut", and Curley becomes even more intensely jealous.
However, there are some old people who are still fit and capable of working. It is a sad thought as Candy is waiting to be put out of his misery, as he is old he believes there is nothing to look forward to, before the dream farm. Due to his damaged he is unable to do a lot of the jobs that the other ranch hands do making him instantly an outsider. Also because he thinks that he is old he puts himself in a state of mind which handicaps him far more than his missing hand ever will. His life echoes that of his dog, he was once "the best damn sheep-dog I ever seen" but now is next to useless, Candy's life has gone somewhat the same way.
Paragraph 1 We get our first description of Curly’s wife from the old ranch hand Candy, who is also a huge gossip. Candy perceives her a ‘purty’ but also as a ‘tart. He then goes on to mention the fact that after only 2 weeks of being married to Curly she has already ‘got the eye’ for many other men on the ranch. This description gives the readers the impression that Curley’s wife is a flirtatious ‘tart’ and this is how we continue to think of Curley’s wife until later on in the book when we see her develop further into a more complex character. Paragraph 2 Candy’s first description of Curley’s wife is reinforced by Steinbeck’s description of her on page 53.