Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Loneliness of Curley's Wife

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Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck tell a story of two migratory workers during the Great Depression. Several characters in the novel are played with feelings of Loneliness. Although most may believe that Curley’s wife is the lonely character in the novel and there are many reasons in favor of that claim.

First, Curley's wife suffers from loneliness because she has no one to talk to. Some might say, she has those men on the ranch to talk to. This argument isn’t convincing, though the men avoid any entanglement with her because she is the wife of the boss's son. Also because the men are scared that she could make up a lie and get them canned or lynched. “I get lonely’ she said ‘You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley, else he gets mad.” This quote shows that she spends all her time alone, in her house as the men work in the fields. She is also not allowed to talk to anyone but her husband who spends all of his time in the fields, so she feels like she is living alone all her life. This forces her to talk to anybody she finds.

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Also, another reason why Curley’s wife is so lonely is the result that she has lost trust in her family because she is conceived her mom held her back from reaching her full potential of becoming an actress in Hollywood. People could argue her mom could have lost the letter or she could have never received any letter regarding the man who promised Curley’s wife a big shot in Hollywood. But yet, she claims her mom stole the letter from her and kept her from fulfilling her dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress. “She thought her mom stole it, and to get it from her she married Curley. Unhappy with Curley and her life at the ranch, she still thinks about what she could ha having if she had gone to Hollywood.” This quote is important considering she didn't know what happened she still lost all contact and trust with her mom over this lost letter. Now all alone she thinks about what she ld of have/been in Hollywood if her mom wouldn't have stolen the letter and later married Curley to get away from her. However, very unhappy with their relationship she has not yet tried to rebuild the trust with her family and get out of there.

Finally, the last reason is she doesn't like her husband Curley at all. Some may say he’s your husband you did marry him you should like him. They might also say you married him for a reason and that should be because you love him but not in Curley’s wife's case. Nevertheless, sometimes people get married too fast and don't think before their actions and forget about the consequences that will come later on. “Well, I wasn’t gonna stay no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something for myself, an’ where they stole your letters. I ask her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no. So I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace that same night.” This quote is important because it shows how fast they got married in a matter of time. Also how that same night they meet they got married and headed for the ranch in Soledad. Curley’s wife didn’t marry him because of love. “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughten to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” This quote tells us that she doesn't like her marriage and she is intimidated by Curley. In conclusion, I think that their marriage was not right for each other because Curley's wife hated him and they never got on together.

In conclusion. I discovered that Curley's wife is the loneliest and most depressed character in the novel because she is the only female on the ranch, and her husband has forbidden anyone to talk with her. She combats her loneliness by flirting with the ranch hands. I have learned that Curley's wife is never called by her name as a way of describing her lack of independence. By only referring to her as Curley's wife, her identity is confined to the limited, dependent role she must play in her marriage. Now, I realized that Curley's wife deserves sympathy for her unjust death and that's about it, in my opinion. She brings on her ball throughout the majority of the text. She did nothing to Lennie to earn the death, and after a person is dead, sympathy isn't even worth it because nothing can be done.     

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