Curley's Wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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Curley's Wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men The story OF Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is set in California, U.S.A during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Depression was a time of economic downfall which caused very high unemployment in western nations, one of the worst hit being the U.S.A. This caused lots of people to become homeless and Jobless, this also cause people to become awfully depressed in the harshest of lifestyles and in some incidents people even went on to commit suicide. People who were very rich lost everything they had all their land all of their money. This forced the government to pass out the New Deal this is where people became migrant workers and were given work from place to place on farms. The lifestyle and conditions for the migrant farm workers was really harsh. In the story Curley's wife is one of the main characters. She is married to a man called Curley who has a lot of authority in the ranch because he is the boss's son. I think that Curley is a self centered man who cares about no one except himself. This influences on her a lot as well, I think that this is why she acts like she does. The only reason she did get married to Curley was to spite her mother. To answer the question fully I must first find out what the work 'tragic' means. The meaning is a) Disastrous; generally distressing; very sad. b) Of tragedy. So to answer the question fully I will have to explain how Curley's wife and a few other characters fit in to this description. In the story the character of Curley's wife can be regarded as tragic figure in the story because I think that she has wasted her whole life ... ... middle of paper ... ...ause of Lennie's actions. Once again candy who is uncertain of his future and is really devastated that they could not get their own place. This is an example of another tragic figure within the story. The character of Curley's wife can be regarded as tragic and she is not the only one, in fact in this whole story there is not even one character who is not a tragic one. This shows how hard life was in those days with the great depression and the segregation. No one in the whole of the story had reached their dreams. So on the whole I think that the whole of the story was a tragic story. Especially because of the waste of Curley's wife's life and George in the end having to kill Lennie, Candy being uncertain of his future once again. No one in the story has come out pleased of what he has accomplished or achieved.
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