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Curley's wife is partially responsible for her own demise but in the lonely world that Steinbeck creates on the ranch, one can hardly blame her. Curley's wife is so lonely and pathetic that Steinbeck doesn't even give her a name: she simply goes by Curley's property. She sees herself disappearing on this ranch of ambivalent men. She seeks and creates attention wherever she can find it. For that she is labeled a "tart" and a "hussy". Unfortunately her desperation for company puts her in compromising situations that she has not the emotional sophistication to understand.