She speaks of a traveling actor who told her she could join their show, without gathering that this is a pretty standard pick-up line. He shows how back then, the American dream was extremely hard to accomplish because of The Great Depression, and unequal rights towards women and the mentally different. Story line Curley's wife comes into the bunkhouse and flirts with the guys. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. Curley's instructions that Lennie must die bring about not only the end of Lennie's own dream, but the end of George and Candy's dreams too- this demonstrates the futility of the american dream because the one dream in the book which had the potential to become reality is instantly destroyed all because one man ordered it to be so- how can anyone do achieve anything if their dreams are reliant on their superiors and people who don't always want them to become a reality? This gave her and all women a persona of worthlessness, that they were just put on the earth to be mistreated housewives and not have anywhere close to the same opportunities as men. She knows her husband well, possibly has been on the receiving end of that anger and frustration, although that is never explicitly said by the author, and sees his current position, with mangled hand, as being something he rightly deserves for being the bully he is. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection.
The author presents her in a problematic way, showing her to be flirtatious with the guys, and as someone interested only in one thing. The reader feels concerned for Lennie after Curley says this- whether or not Curley knows it, Lennie does not possess the mental capacity to fully comprehend Curley's threats and avoid him, Lennie relies purely on George's instructions and when these go awry, as happens in this section, Lennie does not know what to do and panics, often meaning he resorts to violence as a primitive instinct to defend himself. The reader is first introduced to Curley's wife through Candy, when George and Lennie first come to the ranch. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. In this era, American men were forced to leave their families and become 'drifters'.
She doesn't realize that Lennie has different motivation than she does, and doesn't know how to make him stop. Curley's wife, like the other players in the drama, is simply a character type and the only woman in the plot. It becomes apparent later in the book that she is, in fact, a more dynamic character who acts out of dissatisfaction with most aspects of her life. These clothes and her behaviour I think are designed to provoke interest and attention rather than to invite intimacy. In the scene in ' room, she reminds Crooks of his place and threatens to have him lynched if he doesn't show her the proper respect as the wife of the boss' son and a white woman.
She is also cruel especially in front of the weak ones; Crooks, Candy, and Lennie. The fact that Steinbeck writes the characters as never once mentioning her real name prevents the likeliness of her having a personal relationship with anyone on the ranch, including her husband. Each main character connects with both of these themes at some stage throughout the novel. He has no natural authority so goes to lengths to distinguish himself from the working class, whom he sees himself as superior to. She is utterly alone on the ranch, and her husband has seen to it that no one will talk to her without fearing a beating. This makes us prepared for something similar to happen.
Her flirtatious character leads to her being killed by Lennie, in a confused state. This simile is used by Steinbeck to reinforce Curley as a character who cannot gain authority due to his lack of respect and also implies that his readiness to fight is like that of a dog- a small petty scrap before being dragged away by his owner. In Section 2, we learn that Curley is wearing a glove 'fulla vaseline' to keep his 'hand soft for his wife. But she is equally negative towards others as well, for later, in chapter three, the reader sees that she has attitudes towards certain members of the ranch staff. Curley's 'short' stance stereotypes him as 'scrappy', as Candy describes him in s3, and suggests his inferior power and authority.
The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head, and her lips were parted. Her dreams were shattered by marriage and her relatively young life cut short by her desire for human contact. Married two weeks and got the eye? Gradually, we learn a little about her. She met Curley and thought he was her ticket out of the life she didn't know. She often presents herself before the men when her husband is not around. When she lets him caress her hair, she finds it enjoyable, indicating perhaps that she doesn't share a good physical relationship with her husband.
I'd say from what i can remember that the scene with her death revealed that deep down she was a good person and her sexuality was kind of a survival mechanism in the hard times of the book that she had to use to get ahead because of the trials women faced, but its been years since i picked up the book so dont take my word as law. 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. Curley's wife comes into Crooks' room becuse she is lonely. The fact that Curley's wife is introduced through rumours means that the reader already has a biased opinion of Curley's wife before she even enters the section. Firstly, her first description is in chapter two just after George and lennie have arrived on the ranch. Curelys wife is suggesting that they are weaker because of their incapacity to take part in some of the activities other men can.
The other major characters of the book display different elements to their character and change in each section, but Curley remains the same- vindictive and pugnacious. When she is scared she frightens him more, and he ends up breaking her neck to keep her quite. These two unfortunate souls live in a world full of shattered dreams, discrimination, and loneliness. Without the element of nepotism inherent in Capitalist society, Curley would be nothing, just like the other men, and he wouldn't even have a great element of humanity or kindness to him. However, when she talks of her dreams and of her feeling lonely the reader becomes more understanding for her difficulties. Curley believes that Slim has attracted and is pursuing a relationship with his wife, and has a majestic air of natural authority which means the ranch hands hold him in a position of upmost respect. Curley;s wife symbolized the level of equality that women had in the time period that took place in the story.
She could be interpreted as a mis-fitting character in the novel, as no one relaters to her. Curley's position is bipolar to the philosophy of the American dream- he doesn't work like the other men, yet he is powerful and somewhat prosperous. Poor Little Not-So-Rich Girl But we're tender-hearted here at Shmoop headquarters, and we can't help feeling a wee bit bad for this poor girl. This is evident when she talks to Lennie about her dream of becoming a superstar. Recently married, Curley is plagued with jealous suspicions and is extremely possessive of his flirtatious young wife. You see the friendship between the two men, and how they care for each other and try to protect each other. She is a product of the system, her relationship to Curly and her father in law and the failure of the American Dream at that time.
It is usually described for someone who is a prostitute. Not that she's out to make friends, or anything. Although,as she slowly opens up to Lennie, despite his lack of interest, the reader gains more and more knowledge about the truth of Curley's wife's personality, her innocence and dire need for escape and the drive to fulfill her dream that still remains, despite the circumstances. He plays a messed-up game with Lennie, suggesting to him that George left him and will never return. It is apparent that Curley's wife's anger stems from continuous betrayal by men and an unmet need for attention which is the factor that helps fuel her dream of becoming an actress. She is lonely and bored because of this.