of mice and men

Essay by Louiseroots1High School, 10th gradeA+, October 2014

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Louise Roots 10D

English exam

Of Mice and Men is a novel that was set in the 1930s where women did not have any rights and men dominated. Significantly therefore Curley's wife can be seen as a victim of society who is forced into marrying a man who did not love her and she was a very lonely character in the novel. As a reader we can gather her loneliness when she states, "Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody? I get awful lonely", notably she says this to Lennie who is also a very vulnerable character and she knew that he wasn't the brightest person on the ranch so this shows that she is a manipulative character and a very sneaky. The word "lonely" tell us that she is alone in a way and that she does not get any attention from Curley or anyone else on that ranch.

Ultimately therefore, although Curley's wife had a big part to play in the death of Lennie, as she has never been nice to anyone, society forced her to become this way. Curley's wife let Lennie touch her in an inappropriate way, however this essay will argue she was a victim of society as she was never a big part of life on the ranch and therefore she was as much as a victim as Lennie.

Curley's wife is initially presented as a very sexual and promiscuous lady who is a potential danger to others on the ranch especially Lennie. This notion is implied when it states, "she had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red." Notably the repetition of the word red implies that she is a very seductive character who wants people to notice her perhaps...