Sunday, January 23, 2011
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck demonstrates through the characterization of Curley’s wife that even though one may act uncouth, they may really be misunderstood and in a hard situation. Curley’s wife is known around the ranch as “jailbait” for she flirts with the workers on the ranch and gets them in trouble with the boos. But Curley’s wife is just misunderstood. She is alone she cannot talk to anyone except Curley, and she is not too found of him. "Well, I ain't supposed to talk to you or nothing. "I get lonely, " she said. "You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How'd you like not to talk to anybody?" In this quote Curley’s wife expalins how she is lonley and that it is not fair that she cannot talk to anyone because everyone does not want to get into trouble with Curley. Even though Culey’s wife has done many things that may be seen as risque, all she really wants is to achieve her dream to be actress. “I don'like Curley. He ain't a nice fella. " And because she had confided in him, she moved closer to Lennie and sat beside him. "Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes-all them nice clothes like they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me. When they had them previews I coulda went to them, an' spoke in the radio, an' it wouldn'ta cost me a cent because I was in the pitcher. An' all them nice clothes like they wear. Because this guy says I was a natural.” All Cruley’s wife really wanted was to be successful, but instead she lived on a ranch married to a man whom she did not like and could not speak to anyone except him. She was trying to vent to Lennie about her life and even though Lennie did not mean for him to hurt her she still did not deserve what happened. Candy after seeing the body realizes that Lennie killed her, he knlet down beside the body and said that all she was just a tart who was no good. "You God damn tramp, " be said viciously. "You done it, di'n't you? I s'pose you're glad. Ever'body knowed you'd mess things up. You wasn't no good. You ain't no good now, you lousy tart." Candy is frustrated and does not believe that Curley’s wife was the victum, but just a lousy tart. But Curley’s wife was just lonely and she was the victum and was misunderstood, and she did not deserve to die.