In chapter 5
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Curley's wife is the most disenfranchised of the people on the ranch. Curley's wife is a possession. She represents such loneliness that she doesn't even get a name. Curley is abusive although we never see them together. She spends much of the time "looking" for Curley although she is really looking for other companionship. She lashes out at the men in Crooks's room to nullify her own pain. She threatens Crooks, the most vulnerable of the group in an attempt to cause him more anguish than she is feeling.