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Curley

Curley is the ranch owner’s son and likes to think everything he does is right. Curley likes to think he owns his wife and that he should tell her what she can and can’t do and consequently this is what makes her another very lonely character. If she tries to talk to the ranchmen they ignore her, because they fear Curley and she has no female friends so she is very isolated.

His wife is never given a name in the book and is constantly referred to as “Curleys wife”; this for me makes an important and bold statement to the reader. Steinbeck shows how lonely she is, as she is never given a name it shows that no one thinks of her as a friend, but more of an object. She shouldn’t really be as lonely as she is because she has a husband, but still she has no real friends. She has no real grip on life and lives in two completely different worlds.

In reality she lives in an old ranch surrounded by ranchmen with no friends or companions to communicate with. However she longs and truly believes she can be a film star. She once told Lennie

“ I aint used to livin like this. I coulda made something of myself… maybe I will yet ”

Curley’s wife is not the only one dreaming of a better life, all the characters struggling in this novel are dreaming of moving away and making something of themselves.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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