Curley's Wife Loneliness Essay

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John Steinbeck was born in 1908 and went Stanford University in 1919 where he enrolled literacy and writing. But left without getting a degree, after he married he became an American author of 27 books. He was widely known for his award winning book of mice and men which is a tale of two ranch workers George and his childlike friend Lennie who is continuously causing trouble and needs George to help him. They dream of living the American dream, freedom to pursue their goals in life through hard work which for them was to own a farm which would allow them to be independent. Steinbeck main influence was the great depression which was a time there were little jobs available and people migrated from country to country desperate to find work. Steinbeck…show more content…
They could not make decisions and did all the household chores. They were not shown any respect from men who felt they held higher authority and were expected to marry at a young age. Curley’s wife is a good example of these hard times. She does not have a name she is called “curley’s wife” which shows she is seen as nothing more than a possession. She presents the theme loneliness. “I get lonely. You can talk to people but I can’t talk to no one but Curley” she is isolated on the ranch because she is the only women and has no rights. She is just meant to sit at home and wait for Curley. The rest of the men on the ranch see her as a tart because of the way she dresses “she has full roughed lips and wide spared eyes heavily made up and her fingernails were red” Steinbeck put an image in the reader's mind of what Curley's wife looks like making the reader see her as playful and flimsiest yet she does this to get their attention and has to use the excuse she is looking for Curley “any of you guys seen curley” because she does not have the right to talk to of make friends with any of the guys on the ranch. Curley’s wife is the main victim in the novel as she is forced to live a miserable life because of her
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