Why Is Curley's Wife Lonely

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How far are you willing to go just to fill the void loneliness? Curly’s wife, in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, is very lonely and because of that she seeks out attention. She’s lonely because she’s the only woman on the farm, her husband is jealous, and doesn’t let her talk to anyone and she dreams of bigger and better things than a small farm in the middle of nowhere. Curly’s wife, who never actually is named, could quite possibly be the loneliest person on the farm.
Many arguments have been made that Crooks or even George, both characters from the novel, are the loneliest characters, but imagine being the only female on a farm of males with nobody to talk to because they think you are unfaithful. The first time we are introduced to
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Curley’s wife had plans to live a much better lifestyle than the one she lived with Curley. “‘I met one of them actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn’t let me’” (88). Curley’s wife dreamed of going with this actor and had never told anyone before telling Lenny. That wasn’t the only time she had the chance to be an actress either. “‘Another guy…. Says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural” (88). She had her heart set on being in a film but once again her mother ruined her chances of going. “‘All them nice clothes they wear’” (89), she says, wishing that she could wear the same clothes as an actress instead of the ones she had on the farm. She married Curley just to spite her mother, not because she loves him. “‘I don’t like Curley’” (89), she admits. Overall, she has a possessive husband who she doesn’t even like, adding to her loneliness. Curley’s wife is one of the loneliest characters in the novel. She was the only woman, had a possessive husband and dreamed of better things. She tries very hard to banish the loneliness but never got to her goal. Curley’s wife may appear to be unfaithful and a tart but, upon closer inspection, she is just lonely. Curley’s wife is very lonely and just because she seeks to bury that loneliness in attention, she should not be labeled a

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