Essay on Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Crooks calls Lennie “nuts” (Pg 73) and does not believe that Lennie will own his own land with George and Candy. Crooks exclaims “An' never a God damn one of 'em ever gets it…Ever'body wants a little piece of lan.” (Pg 73). His pessimism about the world is summed up and this shows that he has no hope for the future.
Curley's wife is the only female on the ranch and is controlled by her husband, who does not let her speak to any of the men, which leads her into being lonely. You never witness the distinct couple together; they are always searching for each other, this proves he ignores her and goes out always leaving her behind. Even though Curley's wife is mentioned frequently, we never know what her name is and therefore she has a lack of individuality. I think Steinbeck does not give her a name because she is regarded more as a possession by Curley rather than a real person who needs love and championship, and so is not expected to have her own personality. In the eyes of the ranch, she is a ‘tart’ (Pg 29) and acts as ‘jail bait’ (Pg 33), because Curley would often sack workers because his wife was friendly with them. This is a reason why George gets Lennie to stay away from Curley’s wife.
She notices Lennie and wants to start a friendship with him as all of the others fear Curley and will have