Lennie And Curley's Wife Analysis

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“Where there is love, there is life.”-Gandhi. An ironic phrase, considering that in John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, both Lennie and Curley’s wife end up dead regardless of the amount of love they receive. In this short novella, both characters are isolated and lonely. Lennie due to his underdeveloped mental capability, and Curley’s wife for her gender. While both characters have incredible dreams where they are not alienated from the rest of the world, they have drastically different deaths because Lennie is cared for by others whilst Curley’s wife does not receive any love at all.
Whilst the love they receive makes a big difference in the deaths they suffer, it makes little difference in the life they lead. In fact, Lennie and Curley's
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One of the greatest reasons why their deaths are different is because her death was preventable, a fluke. If Curley had loved her and had given her attention, she wouldn’t have acted like a tart to receive attention and she would not have been reduced to talking to the mentally incapable Lennie. Regardless, when she does die, no one is saddened by her death; they worry about how Lennie is instead. George vows that “[he] ain’t gonna let them hurt Lennie” and Candy cares about Lennie enough that he is willing to cover for George so that the others won't think George is involved so that George can go try to save Lennie. Others, like slim and Carlson, are apathetic of her demise. Candy instead blames “ [the] God damn tramp” saying that “everybody knowed [she]’d mess things up”. Curley, on the other hand, is not disheartened by her death, in contrast, he is distant until he “suddenly [comes] to life” when he realizes that Lennie kills her. He is angered over the loss of an “object”, not mourning over the loss of a loved one. Their actual death is also very different. While Lennie had George to make sure that his death is peaceful and painless, “[Curley’s wife] struggles violently under [Lennie’s] hands [with] her eyes wild with terror.”.3) The death of Lennie is unavoidable, but peaceful. Even Steinbeck highlights the insignificance of her death, not even giving her a name in the first place. She is as meaningless as her

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