Curley's Wife: Of Mice and Men

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Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' explores the everyday lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. In this era, American men were forced to leave their families and become 'drifters'. These were people who didn't have a fixed job and continually moved from place to place. '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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