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    “Of Mice and Men” is a novel written in 1937 by a writer called John Steinbeck. It is a story that tells us of two men with a dream who go to work on a ranch during the great depression. This essay will explore the ways in which Curley’s wife, acts like a catalyst for the tragedy which goes on throughout the novel.
    Curley’s wife’s interaction with the ranch hands in the novel really represents her key character. She is isolated from the men by her husband so the ranch hands automatically jump to conclusions about her. George says “Jesus, what a tramp!” and although the men are cruel about her, she has equally low opinion of them. Candy says, “You got floozy idears about what us guys amount to.” She thinks that all of the men will just fall for her. She is also highly racist towards crooks. She says, “listen nigger, I could get you strung up so fast it ain’t even funny.” She was a typical white person from that time, showing aggression and threat towards all black people.
    Unlike the other hands, Lennie creates a good connection with Curley’s wife, even after George forbids it. He isn’t supposed to talk to her even though he wants to. He says, “I ain’t supposed to talk to you or nothing.” He feels attracted to her even though she is something of a forbidden fruit. Although he is practically a stranger to her, Curley’s wife seems to trust him strongly. She tells him, “I don’t like Curley, he ain't a nice fella.” For some reason she feels intimate with Lennie even though he barley pays any attention to her. Her private conversation with Lennie reveals her husband’s over possessiveness with her. She says, “If I catch any one man alone we get on fine.” The men are frightened to be seen in her company. They don’t dislike her; they fear being canned for talking to her.
    She is not at all in a happy relationship with her husband. She says, “Sure I gotta husband. Swell guy ain't he?” she uses her sarcasm to show how unhappy she is with Curley. She constantly regrets marrying Curley, she says, “I don’t like Curley, He ain't a nice fella.” The couple rarely speak and if anything she is a trophy wife, she regrets the marriage strongly. But while disliking her husband she is constantly looking for him. She says, “Nobody can blame a person for looking.” She gives two meanings through saying this; one is that no one can blame her for looking for her husband. The other is that no one can blame Lennie and George for looking at her. In truth I believe that she only looks for her husband to escape her prison of a home.
    Curley’s wife acts as a catalyst for disaster (including her accidental death) mostly, through no fault of her own. She is beautiful so her husband keeps her as a trophy wife but doesn’t pay any attention to her. When she tries to associate with the ranch hands they ignore her in fear of losing their jobs. In a desperate attempt to cure her loneliness she reaches out to Lennie who talks to her, and when things go wrong, he accidently kills her. This shows the tragedy of her character as in a desperate attempt to escape loneliness, she leaves life.


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