Curley's Wife in of Mice and Men

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Curley’s Wife

In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck creates characters that play important roles throughout the story that contribute to themes and connect readers to an overall focus. Curley’s wife, a minor, but significant character in the story, contributes to the theme and is partly responsible for Lennie’s death. Her sinful actions and petty personality make her a character that isn’t respected by others and is known for being trouble around the ranch. Disregarding her flirtations ways and overall self-absorbance, her dreams of a promising future are destroyed. Her gaudy appearance and constant search for Curley makes the men on the ranch view her as a cheater and inappropriate woman. However, after hearing her story, some of her actions have justice and readers reach some sympathy for her position as Curley’s wife. Being self-absorbed and lonely, Curley’s wife contributes significantly to the overall theme and story Of Mice and Men.

Living on a vegetable field in California isn’t something to brag about. The climate is hot and dry and the conditions on the ranch aren’t pleasant. When others wear denim overalls and old fashioned dirty hats, Curley’s wife never fails to make her appearance known, “She had...wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages...She wore...red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers”(31). Her bright and vulgar appearance screams for attention from the other men on the ranch. In the conditions she’s living in, dressing the way she does is considered inappropriate and is completely out of place. Her arrogance in the way she dresses shows how self-absorbed she is as a character. Curley’s wife is also unfaithful to her husband and constantly flirts with others on the farm. She knows wearing tight dresses and heavy makeup will attract the attention of men which is extremely wrong since she is married. If she didn’t know...
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