Of Mice and Men: A Novel by John Steinbeck

In the book of mice and guys, Steinbeck never ever provides Curley’s Partner a name. This is done to reveal that she does not have any identity or position on the cattle ranch. As Curley’s Spouse is a representation of all ladies in the 1930s I feel Steinbeck utilizes her to reveal that she does not have any identity or position on the cattle ranch.

As Curley’s Wife is a representation of all ladies in the 1930s I feel Steinbeck utilizes her to show that most women back then had no identity or position in the operating world.

No characters in the novella take care of Curley’s Better half and really little attention is offered to her. However a lot of the guys just see her as a things. I believe Steinbeck conveys that concept by his description of her. When we and George and Lennie are very first presented to her, Steinbeck takes a long time to describe her. ‘She had full rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, greatly comprised. Her finger nails were red. Her hair hung in little clusters, like sausages …’ This I feel Steinbeck utilizes to present Curley’s Partner as an object to the guys and society.

It is to show that Curley’s spouse is worth as much as she is using. However Steinbeck does not only use the description of what she is wearing, he likewise fully explains her actions. This is to reveal the physical awareness the men have towards her. ‘She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward’ Steinbeck’s description of Curley’s Better half’s actions, I think, is to not just describe the men’s physical awareness, however to reveal the desperation of Curley’s Partner and the ladies in the 1930s.

Steinbeck provides the men’s responses towards her as hostile through the use of language. When George initially satisfies her he responds to her ‘brusquely’. I believe this is to show the hesitance males have towards Curley’s Partner. I feel Steinbeck not only does this to make us feel compassion towards Curley’s Other half and females in the 1930s, but also towards men in the 1930s as they have to be extremely cautious and hostile so they can keep their tasks. This I believe is the contrast Steinbeck is attempting to make towards Lennie’s reaction.

As Lennie does not understand regular social behaviour he is in awe of Curley’s Spouse. I believe Steinbeck does this to show that 2 individuals who don’t fit into society are possibly the ones that do. John Steinbeck utilizes different techniques to present Curley’s Partner and females in the 1930s. I fell Steinbeck uses Curley’s Other half as a representation of oppression in the 1930s. Steinbeck presents the character of Curley’s Spouse as manipulative; nevertheless I feel he just does this to make us feel sympathy to Curley’s Wife and women in the 1930s.

The fact that Curley’s spouse needs to be manipulative to get attention which she is so starved for does not kill any compassion that the reader might have for her however drives it so that the reader is more considerate. I also feel that Steinbeck utilizes Curley’s better half as a reflection on men in the 1930s as they are manipulative yet abhor Curley’s spouse due to the fact that she is manipulative; they do not realise that it is them that made her so in the very first place. I feel that ‘Of Mice and Males’ is a perfect representation of the treatment of humans in the 1920s.