Of Mice and Men

Explore how steinbeck presents curleys wifes relationship with other characters in the novel

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Curley's wife is a very sad character. She is so sad that Steinbeck doesn't even give her a name. She spends her days wandering from cabin to cabin in search of company under the guise of looking for her abusive husband. Her identity is simply Curley's property. The men are scared of her. She is the only woman in the story. She is young and attractive and the men fear that Curley will have his father fire them if he thinks they covet his wife. When she doesn't get the attention she wants, she often prods the men. This makes her presence tense and unpredictable.