Of Mice and Men

what can you infer about curley and his wife's relationship ?

curley is married

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Curly is arrogant, self-centered and jealous. His wife is a flirt and definitely lacks the attention (the right kind of attention) she should receive from her husband. She's a trophy, and he treats her as such. They had a short engagement (they married the night they met), and Curly's wife, from the little we really know about her married Curly for little more than to get away from her mother.

Curly and his wife have a very unstable marriage, lacking in communication, love and respect. Curly believes that manipulation, intimidation, and insensitivity provide him with power over a wife who is fact just a lonely, young woman who needs to be loved. Not to let the wife off the hook here; Curly's wife is far from stupid. She likes the money and the nice house; she never tries to leave him., but she also holds some power in their relationship.

Curly's wife possessed his mind, and as I've already stated he's very jealous. Being the only woman on the ranch, Curly is even more worried about her behavior with the men who work there......... if he didn't know where she was for even a minute, he was off looking for her. Example;

"You seen a girl around here?" he demanded angrily." (Page 39)

She made him crazy and enjoyed it. So ultimately, neither one of them are very happy........... it's a pretty unhealthy relationship.


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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.

Curley is obviously the arrogant type and likes to show off, as we know he tells the ranch hands that he wear a glove full of vasaline to keep his hand soft for his wife and I think that he realises that his wife is beautiful and he knows that she will be an attraction for the other men, he uses the excuse of wearing a glove to show the men that his wife is his property and so he gets jealous when she talks to the other men and do he try's to keep her away from the men to protect her.

Curley's wife uses her looks as an advantage to attract the other men and as we know she is the only women on the ranch and so is lonely, so she likes to talk to the other men to keep her company, but it also occurred to me that Curley's wife should actually be friends and have company from her husband and so she may talk to the other men not only to get attention from them but also from Curley, so that he feels more jealous and shows that he likes her. They both sort of strive to see if they both like one another.

Curley is very arrogant and jealous. Although it is never said in the book, you can infer that she is cooped up in the house all day long because Curley is jealous and worried that she might go with another guy. Also some proof of Curley's jealousy and arrogance is when he comes to the bunkhouse and asks if anyone has seen his wife or slim and when they say that slim is in the barn, curley automatically thinks that slim and his wife are having an affair

I read in a of mice and men GCSE help guide that Curley seems to not be physically or possibly emotionally capable of satisfying his wife, so therefore she goes and seeks attention from the ranch hands and also as we know she persuaded Lennie to stroke her hair. Perhaps Curley feels insecure about touching his wife for some reason and as we know the things he's insecure about such as his small stature, he tries to overcome by e.g fighting, using his power from his status as the bosses son. I think that Curley wears his glove as if to say “I touch and make love with my wife all the time” but maybe he feels insecure about doing it for some unknown reason. So Curley's wife doesn't get the attention she seeks and she would perhaps like him to make love with her or just simply touch/fondle with her because after all he is her husband. Also we know that Curley's wife says “I don't like Curley, he ain't a nice fella” and “sometimes I'd like to bust up Curley myself” this could suggest that he physically abusive to her but this isn't neccessarily a true statement, it could also suggest that they argue and Curley probably verbally abuses her. However Curley's wife herself shows her true colours and her aggressiveness when she sets on Crooks showing that she herself would probably verbally abuse Curley. The obvious point is that her and Curley obviously don't live harmoniously together as a married couple. In of mice and men John Steinbeck makes each situation have as less details as possible as if to leave the reader to decide what's really happening.


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