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Of mice and men a novel by John Steinbeck tells a story of friendship loneliness and aspirations Steinbeck portrays 1930s America and how the Great depression affected normal people Throughout the novel he slowly presents the character of Curleys wife in such a way that our opinions change Through the development of Curleys wife Steinbeck highlights how every American at the time had a dream and that even Curleys wife who despite being a woman had a dream and felt she could have been someone in the world The reader reads on as Curleys wife develops throughout the novel and we start to see the true Curleys wifeOn the ranch there is a well-known woman merely referred to as Curleys wife Her lack of identity could imply she is not a woman but rather a possession of her husbands As this character develops we find that she is not in face an unimportant nameless character we perceive her as but rather she is a complex and interesting character with much more to her than we first gather The first mention of Curleys wife in the novel is through Candys eyes it is a derogatory term which sums up how women at that time were treated and how they were second class citizens George instantly sees Curleys wife as trouble and warns Lennie of her The image created by the men makes the reader have an opinion on her before we meet her This is significant as we see her through the eyes of others The reader learns that Curley is defensive over his wife as if she is his and not her own person Curleys wife is referred to as a tart and jail-bait by the ranch workers this gives a negative vibe towards Curleys wife The reader is introduced to Curleys wife in chapter two at a point when the readers negative opinions are hardened She quietly creeps into the
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