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Curley's Wife In Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Curley's Wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

The story OF Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is set in California,
U.S.A during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Depression was a
time of economic downfall which caused very high unemployment in
western nations, one of the worst hit being the U.S.A. This caused
lots of people to become homeless and Jobless, this also cause people
to become awfully depressed in the harshest of lifestyles and in some
incidents people even went on to commit suicide. People who were very
rich lost everything they had all their land all of their money. This
forced the government to pass out the New Deal this is where people
became migrant workers and were given work from place to place on
farms. The lifestyle and conditions for the migrant farm workers was
really harsh.

In the story Curley's wife is one of the main characters. She is
married to a man called Curley who has a lot of authority in the ranch
because he is the boss's son. I think that Curley is a self centered
man who cares about no one except himself. This influences on her a
lot as well, I think that this is why she acts like she does. The only
reason she did get married to Curley was to spite her mother.

To answer the question fully I must first find out what the work
'tragic' means. The meaning is a) Disastrous; generally distressing;
very sad.

b) Of tragedy. So to answer the question fully I will have to explain
how Curley's wife and a few other characters fit in to this
description.

In the story the character of Curley's wife can be regarded as tragic
figure in the story because I think that she has wasted her whole life
by getting married to Curley. The first we hear about Curley's Wife in
the story, is when Candy is having a conversation with George about
Curley's Wife, George who is pretending not to be interested about
what Candy is talking about but he really is very anxious.

'Yeah. Purty… but … George studied his cards. But what? Well-she got
the eye.' Candy states this to George in their conversations whilst
playing cards with each other. Candy is trying to say that Curley's
wife is pretty but looks at other men in the Ranch. This is amazing
because it had only been two weeks since she had gotten married to
Curley. She looks at other men who have nothing to offer her, Curley
has more then any other man in the ranch, money wise. Some people do
look at other Men or Women after they are married but they do not make
it so obvious. This is this first time Curley's Wife is described in
the story to us in the story and this is the image we have of her
know, and it will not change until more is told about her.

In the same Conversation Candy also says 'I seen her give slim the
eye, I seen her give Carlson the eye.' This backs what he said about
her before....

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