Discuss the similarities of Both Curly’s wife and Crooks in the novel of “Of Mice and Men”

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Hiba Ayoub Year 10B 22-03-14

Discuss the similarities of Both Curly's wife and Crooks in the novel of "Of Mice and Men".

Despite the obvious physical differences, the characters of Curly's wife and Crooks are in fact very similar. They both battle with the consequences of loneliness, this a result of social isolation brought upon differences of race and gender. In this essay, I will discuss some of these similarities in more detail using evidence from the novel to support my statements.

Crooks is discriminated against because he is black. Similarly, Curly's wife is discriminated against because she is a woman. This is shown when crooks opens up to Lennie about being excluded from the card game. This is also illustrated when Curly's wife is asked to leave as she barges in on Lennie, Crooks and Slim. "I can't play because I'm black". "What, you think I'm a kid".

Portraying the racial inequality the time in which the novel was written, Crooks is isolated by the other characters because he is different. This is a representation of the black community in America at the time in which the novel was written. Curly's wife is treated like a child; she is an annoyance to the other characters. Curly's wife also represents women and their insignificance during this time period; this is reinforced by the absence of her name.

Crooks and Curly's wife are both isolated and feel very lonely. This is shown when Curly's wife is asked to leave because Crooks and Lennie want no trouble, "think I like to stick in that house alla time". Curly's wife Is hungry for attention, this is understandable as she is kept away from life outside her house, she feels useless and irrelevant.