Of mice and men

Of mice and men

When John Steinbeck wrote of mice and men, he showed there was a lot of inequality during the 1930’s.

Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch. She is married to Curley who is the Boss' son. She is always dressed up. She is first described as ' a girl with full rouged lips, red nails and her hair rolled.' Everyone else is hard working, so they are all wearing tattered clothes.

We first meet Curley's wife, the afternoon George and Lennie arrived at the Ranch. She came into the bunkhouse where George and Lennie were. And started to ask where Curley was. She then stood at the door 'tossing her hair' and she put her hands behind her back and kept leaning forwards. This is not the first time we hear about her though is when George and Lennie are talking to Candy when they first arrive at the ranch. This is where we learn that she is married to Curley. Candy thinks that she is a 'Tart.' The other characters describe Curley's wife as a 'tart', 'rattrap' and 'Jailbait'.

All the men on the ranch think this of her because it's the only way she knows how to communicate with men. I know this because Steinbeck’s says 'She's a nice girl not a floozy' It also says that 'if a man were to love her she would be a kind and loving wife.' She puts her hands behind her hips and leans forwards the men think that she wants something. She needs this because she is incredibly lonely.

The significance of Curley's wife being in Crooks' room with Candy and Lennie is because they are all outcasts. Crooks is an outcast because he is black, he has his own room, which is separate from everyone else's. Candy is an outcast because he is old and only has one arm. Lennie is an outcast because he is intellectually challenged. Curley's wife is an outcast because she is the only woman on the ranch. We discover that she also has a dream "“ she wants to be 'in the movies' she tells Lennie that a man said she was going to be in the movies, he was going to send her a letter; she never...

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