The Wife In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of mice and men’ there is only one female character. She is describes in many different ways at different points in the novel. In the 1920s women didn’t have any status and were expected to stay at home and take care of their husbands and their family home in the difficult time of the great depression. Curley’s wife isn’t the typical 1930s woman and instead of taking care of the family home , she quietly runs around the ranch looking for the men, for attention. In the novel she is described as; a predator, a ‘tart’, a ‘looloo’ but also described as, vulnerable, lonely and naive. Curley’s wife is just that, a possession of Curley and she is never named. In this assessment i am going to discuss the different ways Steinbeck presents the wife, provide evidence to support my ideas and suggest what these…show more content…
She is just looking for someone to confide in as she finds it hard to unburden her heart to her husband. ‘I don’t know why I can’t talk to you, I aint doin no harm to you’. Here she is just looking for a way to talk to Lennie so she speaks innocently and ‘soothingly’, trying to get his attention. She is trying to make Lennie understand that she isn’t a bad person and she isn’t doing any harm to him by talking. She then goes onto talking about herself and how she ‘coulda made something’ of herself and that she only married Curley on the rebound. This then starts to make the reader feel sorry for her and rethink their opinion of her. She then continues to say ‘I don’t like Curley, he aint a nice fella’ which creates even more empathy toward her from the reader. This may be because she hasn’t achieved her dream and is living as part of someone else’s- on the rebound. Consequently her death, towards the end of the novel, creates a totally different image of her by the
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