When John Steinbeck wrote of mice and men, he showed there was a lot of inequality during the 1930â€™s.
Curley's wife is the only woman on the ranch. She is married to Curley who is the Boss' son. She is always dressed up. She is first described as ' a girl with full rouged lips, red nails and her hair rolled.' Everyone else is hard working, so they are all wearing tattered clothes.
We first meet Curley's wife, the afternoon George and Lennie arrived at the Ranch. She came into the bunkhouse where George and Lennie were. And started to ask where Curley was. She then stood at the door 'tossing her hair' and she put her hands behind her back and ...view middle of the document...
I know this because Steinbeckâ€™s says 'She's a nice girl not a floozy' It also says that 'if a man were to love her she would be a kind and loving wife.' She puts her hands behind her hips and leans forwards the men think that she wants something. She needs this because she is incredibly lonely.
The significance of Curley's wife being in Crooks' room with Candy and Lennie is because they are all outcasts. Crooks is an outcast because he is black, he has his own room, which is separate from everyone else's. Candy is an outcast because he is old and only has one arm. Lennie is an outcast because he is intellectually challenged. Curley's wife is an outcast because she is the only woman on the ranch. We discover that she also has a dream "â€œ she wants to be 'in the movies' she tells Lennie that a man said she was going to be in the movies, he was going to send her a letter; she never got it.
We also learn in the barn that she is very lonely, she dislikes Curley, she says 'I don't like Curley, he is not a nice person.' The perception of her character changed because you can now understand that she talks to everyone because she is lonely not because she is flirting. Steinbeck's description of her dead body makes you feel sorry for her because he emphasises that she has no name and that she is now lying there, 'trouble free.' She would always be faithful to Curley and this is the one thing that everybody, including Curley got wrong about her. Steinbeck changes our opinion about her from bad to good in his book.