Within Of Mice And Men, Curley's Wife is sometimes presented as a mean character.
This is especially shown in section 4 of the novel in a tense conversation between Curley's Wife, Candy, Crooks and Lennie, as she snaps to Crooks, 'Well, you keep your place then, Nigger.
The fact that Curley's Wife is wearing a lot of make up and has a showy appearance shows the reader that she wants the men on the ranch to notice her, and is therefore quite flirtatious.
Curley’s wife is a character who is known for her not being trusted by any of the workers on the ranch, and for fooling around with other men besides her husband, Curley.
The reader sees fleeting glances of his insecurities, such as when he runs into the bunkhouse, demanding, “Any you guys seen my wife?”, for as much as Curley may brag about it, his wife is hardly ever by his side (Steinbeck 53).
Additionally Curley might be the reason of Curley's wife behavior; Curley's wife is clearly lonely in the novel because Curley doesn't pay much attention to her....
In the story, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Curley caused the death of his wife and Lennie’s death; Curley also shattered George and Lennie’s dream....
Because of her need for attention, she destroys George and Lennie's dream of living "off the fatta the lan'." The appearance and clothing of Curley's wife have a symbolic meaning.
The positive adjectives Steinbeck uses here, like 'pretty' and 'sweet', show the reader how Curley's Wife truly was and that the other characters misunderstood her because she was never spoken of or to this kindly by any of them.
However, the fact that Curley's Wife chose to marry Curley, may be interpreted by some as a sign of a lack of ambition because she decided to give up on her hopes and dreams of becoming an actress and settle down instead.
Picking fights with other men, which is the one thing that saves Curley from his internal lack of confidence, also causes his demise: “Lennie grabs his entire fist in mid-swing, stopping him, and then proceeds to crush Curley's hand” (Bloom)....
Introduction “Of mice and men” by Steinbeck was written in the 1930’s during the great depression Era which came about as a result of the Wall Street crash.
When Lennie and George arrive on the farm and are shown their quarters Curley’s wife, on one of her ‘looking for Curley’ routines, sees them both and immediately starts flirting with them....
Almost everyone on the farm is lonely and the person that represents this the most is Curley’s (the boss’s son) wife, one of the most pivotal characters in the book.
In this passage, located in the last pages of the book, Steinbeck focuses on Lennie’s befriending and then killing Curley's wife, the spouse of the boss's son.
Lonely Throughout Of Mice And Men, George and Lennie recite their dream to get a little house and not have to move about the ranches anymore, but Curley's Wife is an ambitious character too.
However, Of Mice And Men is set in 1930s America, when women were expected to obey their husbands by staying at home doing the domestic labour, so their unaffectionate relationship may have been more common then.