Of Mice and Men

Explore the ways Steinbeck presents relationships between the "bindle stiffs" and Curley's wife in Chapter 4 in the novel

the bindle stiffs are Candy, Crooks and Lennie. Also how their relationship is when Curleys wife comes in.

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Curley's wife, shows loneliness for three reasons. For one, she states, "I get lonely. You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley" on page 87, which shows that she has loneliness because she doesn't have anyone to talk to but Curley. Specifically, people won't talk to her because they know that Curley will get jealous and want to start a fight. In another reason, she says, "I'm looking for Curley" on page 31, which

shows that she, made up an excuse to talk to somebody. In other words, she goes around telling people she's looking for Curley and then hold a conversation with them just to be able to talk to someone besides Curley. For the last reason, shestates, "Sat'iday night. Ever'body out doin' som'pin'. Ever'body! An' what am I doin'? Standin' here talkin' to a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep-an' likin' it because they ain't nobody else."78

Specifically, Curly's wife likes talking to anybody....... even the men she's just described. The men are comfortable with each other and are quick beoming friends. Curly's wife brings discomfort...... she brings an unease with her that's hard to describe. She can't be their friend, and she knows it. But yet, she provokes and pushes, even knowing that it will eventually mean trouble.