Of Mice and Men: A Novel by John Steinbeck

In the novel of mice and men, Steinbeck never ever gives Curley’s Better half a name. This is done to reveal that she does not have any identity or position on the ranch. As Curley’s Spouse is a representation of all ladies in the 1930s I feel Steinbeck uses her to reveal that she does not have any identity or position on the cattle ranch.

As Curley’s Other half is a representation of all ladies in the 1930s I feel Steinbeck uses her to reveal that the majority of females back then had no identity or position in the operating world.

No characters in the novella take care of Curley’s Other half and very little attention is given to her. Nevertheless many of the males just see her as an item. I believe Steinbeck conveys that idea by his description of her. When we and George and Lennie are first introduced to her, Steinbeck takes a long period of time to explain her. ‘She had full rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her finger nails were red. Her hair awaited little clusters, like sausages …’ This I feel Steinbeck utilizes to present Curley’s Spouse as an object to the men and society.

It is to reveal that Curley’s better half is worth as much as she is using. However Steinbeck doesn’t just utilize the description of what she is using, he likewise totally describes her actions. This is to show the physical awareness the males 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 Spouse’s actions, I believe, is to not only describe the males’s physical awareness, however to show the desperation of Curley’s Partner and the women in the 1930s.

Steinbeck presents the males’s responses towards her as hostile through making use of language. When George initially meets her he responds to her ‘brusquely’. I believe this is to show the hesitance males have towards Curley’s Partner. I feel Steinbeck not just does this to make us feel compassion towards Curley’s Other half and ladies in the 1930s, but also towards guys in the 1930s as they have to be very careful and hostile so they can keep their tasks. This I believe is the contrast Steinbeck is trying to make towards Lennie’s response.

As Lennie does not understand normal social behaviour he is in awe of Curley’s Wife. I believe Steinbeck does this to reveal that two people who do not suit society are possibly the ones that do. John Steinbeck utilizes different approaches to present Curley’s Spouse and females in the 1930s. I fell Steinbeck utilizes Curley’s Partner as a representation of oppression in the 1930s. Steinbeck provides the character of Curley’s Wife as manipulative; nevertheless I feel he just does this to make us feel sympathy to Curley’s Spouse and ladies in the 1930s.

The reality that Curley’s wife has to be manipulative to get attention which she is so starved for does not kill any compassion that the reader might have for her but drives it so that the reader is more supportive. I also feel that Steinbeck utilizes Curley’s wife as a reflection on males in the 1930s as they are manipulative yet abhor Curley’s spouse because she is manipulative; they do not understand that it is them that made her so in the very first location. I feel that ‘Of Mice and Guys’ is an ideal representation of the treatment of human beings in the 1920s.