Curley's Wife Discrimination

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Society And Discrimination

“I get awful lonely.”(86). In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, every character in this novella feels isolated at some time, and he uses these feeling to shape the feelings of each character. In the 1930’s, migrant workers were commonly found moving to farms across the country in search of jobs. Black people were left in dust because of their skin color; women were considered property just because they were female; and older people were commonly given the jobs that the other workers did not want. Consequently, the theme of loneliness is revealed in the novella through isolation felt by Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s Wife.

In chapter three, an older migrant worker called Candy explained to George how he lost his
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She is discriminated against because of her gender. Even when the others are out at a whorehouse, she’s the “tramp”. Sure, she seeks attention from the men, but she only wants someone to talk to: “What kind of harm am I doin’ to you? Seems like ain’t none of them cares how I gotta live” (88). Curley’s wife only wants to talk to Lennie, but he is more afraid of George getting upset with him. Curley’s wife gets upset because she wants to have a friend to talk to: “ Ain’t I gotta a right to talk to nobody? Whatta they think I am, anyways?” (87). Even when she is in danger, Curley’s wife is so desperate for attention that she ignores all of the obvious clues: “Then all of Lennie's woe came back on him. "Jus' my pup," he said sadly. "Jus' my little pup." And he swept the hay from on top of it. "Why, he's dead," she cried. "He was so little," said Lennie. "I was jus' playin' with him... an' he made like he's gonna bite me... an' I made like I was gonna smack him... an'... an' I done it. An' then he was dead.”(89) Curley's wife totally ignored the fact that LENNIE JUST KILLED A PUPPY. Okay, so it was an accident, but that's not the point. She totally ignores the fact that Lennie totally CRUSHED her husband's hand. Curley's wife is so desperate to get attention, she doesn't even care about the way he’s could kill her without even trying. The other men discriminate her constantly and treat her like she’s trash.they …show more content…
All three characters showed that life was hard for everyone and that everyone gets isolated at some time. Robert Burns wrote the poem that inspired the title for Steinbeck’s novella, and shows that everybody gets isolated. Even if it is in “grief and pain” (Burns). Steinbeck shows that, during the late 1930’s, people were isolated and did in fact feel grief and pain during that

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