Of MIce and Men: Curley’s Partner
Why is Curley’s partner never ever offered a personal name? Names have actually been an important element of society for as long as Homo sapiens have existed. A name is defined as “a word or symbol utilized in logic to designate an entity.” In Of Mice and Male, John Steinbeck teaches a lesson about the nature of human existence and shows how grim and isolated individuals become without hope. Steinbeck overlooks to resolve Curley’s other half’s character by name in order to emphasize her position as a literary component and offer commentary on society in the time duration during which he lived.
Curley’s spouse is never called since Steinbeck wanted to highlight the common dislike of her throughout the farm. Whilst checking out the novella, it is implied that nobody on the farm likes Curley’s spouse. However, there isn’t necessarily a flaw in her personality from which this hostility to her stems. The characters prevent interaction with her since they fear retribution from her possessive, short-fused spouse. The guys on the farm start to cultivate hatred toward her due to the fact that her constant requirement for attention puts their incomes in risk.
The males can’t ever get too knowledgeable about her due to the fact that they are distanced by the fact that she is Curley’s better half. Steinbeck constantly advises the readers and the characters in the book of this truth by denying her a. Second in the litany of reasons why Curley’s other half stays unnamed throughout the whole novella is that Steinbeck wants to superimpose over the entire story the concept that she was a possession of Curley’s and not an independent entity. During the course of the novella, we encounter numerous circumstances in which Curley is outraged by even the idea of his wife consorting with other guys, even in a platonic manner.
As formerly specified, Curley would even resort to shooting males if he was unpleased with the way the engaged with his other half. The reader has the ability to draw a parallel in between the way Curley deals with and acts toward his better half and the method somebody would act when handling an item of theirs. It is extremely clear that she is anticipated (by Curley and the other males, save Lennie) to obey Curley at all times. At the period in time in which the novella is set, females are expected to send to their other half wordlessly and this is thoroughly explored in Of Mice and Men through Curley and his spouse’s relationship.
The zeitgeist of 1937(the year in which the book was released) and its subsequent influence on literature written around that time duration is another reason Curley’s wife stays nameless. In that time, ladies were considered inferior to males and weren’t nearly as essential in the public eye. One need to keep in mind when reading Of Mice and Guy that the 19th amendment which provided ladies the right to vote just ended up being an addendum in 1920. The novella was set throughout The Great Depression a time throughout which women did not have the amount of authority in society as they do today.
Curley’s wife was utilized to illustrate females as troublemakers that disrupt the circulation of life for men. Steinbeck stopped working to assign Curley’s spouse a name due to the fact that it was acceptable at the time for ladies to be weakened and overlooked. By constantly describing her as “Curley’s wife” Steinbeck weakens her character as an independent individual because she is required to always be associated to Curley. With this “minor oversight” Steinbeck had the ability to utilize her character in idiomatic methods to improve his writing.
As shown formerly, Steinbeck composes Curley’s wife as a literary element to enhance the story rather than a character in the story. Nearly humorously, one of the results of refusing her a (which I suspect was intentional) is that it caused the reader to direct more attention to her than anyone else in the story. Steinbeck is typically referred to as an author who uses descriptions as a method to portray his characters. Curley is frequently pointed out as “the one in charge’s boy.” Slim is introduced as the “jerkline skinner. Crooks is solely referred to as “the steady dollar” or simply ‘nigger’ till chapter 4. In spite of the fact that all these characters have names, they are relatively small parts of the story when push comes to push, the nameless better half is the one who causes things to happen and requireds attention from every angle, be it genuine or fictitious (by which I suggest from both readers and characters within the story). The most convincing factor yet regarding why Curley’s better half remains unnamed lays in something Steinbeck as soon as said in an interview. Steinbeck described her character as a symbol.
He was tape-recorded to have said “She has no function, except to be a foil– and a risk to Lennie.” She was the antagonist who supplied the primary characters something to be anxious about; she was the force that installed huge hurdles for the protagonists to overcome. A bad guy is specified as “The person or thing responsible for specified problem, harm, or damage.” Inadvertently, such was the function of Curley’s wife. It wasn’t her plan to end Lennie’s life. She just pursued what she felt she deserved: male attention. Her requirement to fill this desire for attention ended up being so intense that it ultimately triggered disaster.
In conclusion, Curley’s other half not being assigned a name was not just a mere oversight at the hands of John Steinbeck. She was an instrument utilized to weaken the position of ladies in society. Steinbeck purposefully neglected her name in order to enhance his writing, and address problems throughout the time period in which he lived. Curley’s other half was utilized to illustrate females as the ones who threatened the happiness and wellness of men. Denying Curley’s spouse a name was an integral part in the writing of Of Mice and Male. (c) Raquel Bracey, December 2012