Of Mice and Men – Characterisation and character development – Curley’s Wife

Curley’s wife

Key quotations-
‘Nobody can’t blame a person for lookin’,’
‘funny thing, if I catch any one man, and he’s alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two guys get together an’ you won’t talk. Jus nothing But mad. Your scared of each other, that’s what.’

‘She had full rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingers were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. ‘

Quote by another character-
‘I seem ’em before, but I never seen no piece if jail bait worse that her. You leave her be.’ (George talking to Lenny about Curley’s wife)

Curley’s wife’s role in the story is to show how distrusting and paranoid people were at the time. She is treated with distrust by all of the workers, which enforces Steinbecks theme of loneliness.

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