She is stuck in a loveless - and perhaps, despite Curley's bragging to the contrary, a sexless - marriage, and can be pitied for seeking other company. George, who points Curley and the other men in the wrong direction, finds Lennie in the brush where he told him to return at the beginning of the novel. Figures like the woman in the red dress, or Curley's wife, who seem to exist between these two extremes, at once off-limits and up-for-grabs, are presented as dangerous, especially for a man as sexually innocent yet powerful as Lennie. This book also gives an insight into the lives of men and women on ranch in America during the depression. The boss wonders why George is willing to take care of Lennie; George tells the boss that Lennie is his cousin and that he promised his mother to look after him.
Candy only relents to their request to put the dog out of its misery when they frame the argument in terms of the dog's suffering, and even this request is not granted easily. Curley sets out to hang Lennie, but George runs with Lennie into the woods. She just wants someone to talk to. Summary Chapter Three opens on the next day. 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. Crooks exemplifies the vile forces of racism in 1930s America. After this episode, George decided against having fun at Lennie's expense.
In his meanness, he tells Carlson to aim for Lennie's gut so that Lennie will suffer. While he may strut around the ranch because of his position as the boss' son, he obviously cannot satisfy his wife and is mean to her. When Curley picks the fight with Lennie, he does not realize the danger he is in. His lack of love, respect and attention results to her death in the end. You see the friendship between the two men, and how they care for each other and try to protect each other.
Curley's like a lot of little guys. Curley and His Wife When we first hear of and meet Curley, he has been married for just two weeks to his wife. Each main character connects with both of these themes at some stage throughout the novel. To take these events as they occur, the near-lynching in Weed provides another instance of the danger of women. Lesson Summary John Steinbeck's 1937 masterpiece, Of Mice and Men, tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two itinerant farmworkers in Depression-era California. However, as the novel progresses, the reader is gradually exposed to another side of Curley's wife, one that suggests she is merely a Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' explores the everyday lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression.
Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. A small man with a fierce demeanor, he despises Lennie for his greater strength and size. Curley is the son of the ranch boss, so he's got a big head—which doesn't quite match up with his body. Readers can certainly take issue with Steinbeck's depiction of women, but their role in the work as kindling for trouble seems quite clear. Women were property and objects. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection. When her husband Curley was not around she would get lonely.
This only fuels Curley's hatred. Curley beats up any man who dares to talk to her; the only one he listens to and seems to respect is. Author John Steinbeck does a great job of expressing character symbolism in the story. A look at the novella's major and minor characters might provide the key. She never married him out of love and passion just of desperation.
Rumored to be a champion prizefighter, he is a confrontational, mean-spirited, and aggressive young man who seeks to compensate for his small stature by picking fights with larger men. This stage technique applies to Steinbeck's descriptions as well as his dialogue. She refused to stay where she would be a nobody. Slim tells him that she had nine puppies, but that he drowned four immediately since she couldn't feed so many. The three men sit, enraptured and astounded that their dream of a self-sufficient farm life might actually become a reality. The only good women, George suggests 61 , are those whose sexual motives one knows - either because they are totally desexualized, like Lennie's Aunt Clara, or completely sexualized, like the whores at Susy's and Clara's.
She told him her disappointment in her marriage, her life, disappointment in her self. 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. When Lennie kills Curley's wife, Curley sees this as his opportunity for revenge. Slim leaves for the barn as George and begin a conversation about women. His innocence raises him to a standard of pure goodness that is more poetic and literary than realistic. His cheating her left right and center.
A possession that he gets to control. He ain't a nice fella. Curley punches Lennie in the face. Curley is angry about his wife's death, but does not seem mournful, merely the anger one would have if a possession was destroyed. Curley's wife is young, beautiful, and promiscuous - possibly the reasons why he married her. Curley is a mean, small boxer who loves to pick fights with others and make them suffer, and Lennie, due to his kind nature, is typically on the receiving end of this throughout the novel, though he does defend himself and manages to crush Curly's hand.
Curley is always looking to upset someone, so they will fight with him, and he decides to pick on Lennie since Lennie is bigger and stronger but also kinder and less intelligent. They sell their labor; she sells or at least peddles, because it doesn't seem like anyone is buying sex. So one night she meat Curley at the Riverside Dance Palace, and she married him, he became her ticket out from her desperate life. Upon hearing the shot, the other men find George and Lennie. Soon enough, the boss enters and asks George and Lennie for their work slips.