Of Mice And Men Curleys Wife Analysis

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The Woman was a kind person. She genuinely cared about her friends, and only wanted the best for people. She spent her time on the ranch trying to make friends. She did not know why people treat women as less than they do men. She did not know why only bad things happened to her. She went to her grave wondering why she spent her entire life being abused. John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is the story of many people living on a ranch together, each one representing a different part of society. Curley’s wife (otherwise known as “The Woman”), who represents women, is often mistreated by the ranch hands. Society treats men as better than women as shown by how the ranch hands treat Curley’s wife, how Curley’s wife treats the ranch hands, and how…show more content…
Just after Lennie accidentally killed his pup in chapter five, The Woman came in and, “She consoled him, ‘Don't you worry none…’” (87). She was being kind to Lennie. Earlier in the book, he was being kind to her. She respects those who respect her. Lennie has a habit of bringing out the best in people who have began to hate the world, as he does to Crooks in chapter 4. Lennie, who does not understand prejudice, is nice to people unless he gets a good reason not to be, and even then he is still nice. Lennie has a habit of making people care about him. He brought out The Woman’s maternal instinct, as he is so childlike. She began to see him as the child she never got. The Woman treats people how they treat her, as a way of showing she cares. This is a situation where her kindness would been mistaken for flirting. The Woman is spending her time on the ranch trying to make friends, only to have it backfire, and for her to be blamed. The backfire is her death, and she was probably still blamed for that in the end, by the men, who most likely ended up thinking, “she went and got herself killed,” or something along those lines. This is because Lennie had shown her kindness. It was George who told Lennie that, “[he] ain't to have nothing to do with you,” (86). Lennie respects The Woman. He does not know why they cannot be friends. Lennie’s respect for George is bigger than his desire for friendship with The Woman. Lennie does not want to get in trouble with George, as always. Since arriving on the ranch, Lennie has befriended: Slim, Candy, Carlson, Crooks, and briefly, his new dog. Befriending The Woman is not high on his priority list, as he now has to deal with the dead dog. How Lennie treats The Woman shows that women are mistreated by

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