Saturday, January 22, 2011

of mice and men curkey's wife: innocent tragedy

Through the Death of Curley’s wife, John Steinbeck poses a very serious question, Curley’s wife was seen as a villain in this book but did she deserve what happened to her? Curley’s wife is depicted as a flirtatious woman and jailbait in the eyes of the reader due mainly because of men’s views on her “Jesus, what a tramp” he said “so that’s what Curley picks for a wife”. Although she acts the way a normal young woman would the reader soon discovers that she is a very harsh and well guarded woman when dealing with minorities “Well you keep your place then, Nigger.I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny”. Curley’s wife is seen as a very abusive and guile woman throughout most of the book but, we soon discover however, she acts this way out of loneliness ”Why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” The truth as we find out, is that she does not like Curley and she does not like living in the ranch and that she is feeling as if she were trapped “I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself.” It is obvious she did not want to live on a ranch but even less to get married to a controlling husband as she states “Well I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” As the story progresses she lets go of her harsh demeanor and we see the real nature of Curley’s wife we learn she is actually a nice gentle woman one great example is when she consoles Lenny after his pup died “Don’t you worry none. He was jus’ a mutt. You can get another one easy. The whole country is fulla mutts.”  She begins to develop a sort of connection with Lennie and even begins to understand him “You’re nuts,” she said.”But you’re a kinda nice fella. Jus’ like a big baby, But a person can see kkinda what you mean.”  The story seems to be headed in a nice direction but in then end she suffers an unfortunate death. Curley’s wife is sadly seen as a villain and an evil woman but the truth is, like George and the others in this book all she really wanted was a better life and someone to talk to and relate but sadly, she dies too soon. So did she get what she deserved? I say, no she was probably the second most innocent person next to Lennie who was just misunderstood.


  1. I completely agree with you that she was misunderstood. But she was not completely innocent, she was a total flirt and she did go against her husband by flirting.

  2. I agree with you because she was a flirtatious woman. I liked your writing because you stated the quotes well but there are some punctuation errors.