John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay

1249 Words Nov 13th, 2014 5 Pages
An innocent act by one person and satisfying a desire of another ultimately leads to the destruction of a gentle giant, a star stricken girl, and the American dream. The book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck shows a common dream of hardworking men and the annihilation of their future due to a solitary girl’s need for attention. Although Curley’s wife was lonely and meant no harm, she ruined the possibility of living the American dream for George and Lennie, she seeks the wrong attention from men after growing up in a bad home life, and she portrays herself as nothing more than a sexual object.
Most of the workers in Soledad would classify Curley’s wife as a trouble making attention seeker who is nothing more than jail bait. The men constantly make accusations at Curley’s wife saying she is looking for another man to make her happy. “She ain’t concealin’ nothing. She got the eye goin’ all the time on everybody”(Steinbeck 51). While this may be true, most people don’t fully understand the reasons why Curley’s wife acts the way she does.“Our sympathy is aroused for this woman who married a man she met at the Riverside Dance Palace in order to get away from her home and mother who she felt did not understand her”(Beatty 362). Beatty’s argument presents the idea that the only reason Curley’s wife married her husband was to escape her troubled home life. She shows Curley is just an escape by saying “I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella”(Steinbeck 89). Although Curley’s…

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