'Of Mice and Men' is based around two main themes; loneliness, and the fragility of dreams. Each main character connects with both of these themes at some stage throughout the novel. Curley's wife is no exception to this. At the beginning of the novel the reader views her as an unpleasant, naive and troublesome character. However, as the novel progresses, the reader is gradually exposed to another side of Curley's wife, one that suggests she is merely a woman that is lonely and dissatisfied with her life.
The reader is first introduced to Curley's wife through Candy, when George and Lennie first come to the ranch. Despite being married for two weeks, Candy states that Curley's wife has "got the eye" and that he has "seen her give Slim the eye". This implies that Curley's wife is not happy with her mar...
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- ... This implies that Curley's wife is not happy with her marriage, and is seeking attention from the other men due to a lack of attention from Curley. Furthermore, Candy goes on to call Curley's wife "a tart" and "a tramp". Suggesting Candy sees Curley's wife as somebody distrustful and potentially harmful. This language reflects the negative attitude towards women at the time, and has come across in Steinbeck's writing. Candy's remarks form the readers first impression of Curley's wife as someone to regard with caution and dislike.... [tags: John Steinbeck novels, character analysis]
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