Of Mice and Male– Curley’s Other half
S5L2 Of Mice and Men Chapter 4 Joanna Vitiello, S4fra Thursday 8th November 2012 Composing: The Character of Curley’s Partner Curley’s wife is the only ladies in the cattle ranch, as we learned from the previous chapters, and is not given a name as she is viewed as Curley’s residential or commercial property. First predestined to be a starlet as she recounts to Lennie, Sweet and Crooks, her chances were eliminated by her mom who believed she was too young and she so ended up at the ranch by weding Curley, worried in avoiding her opportunity-breaker mother as soon as possible.
From this we can currently observe her high self-confidence, thinking it was just since of her mom that she didn’t end up in acting, not since of her possible lack of great talent. But marrying Curley wasn’t perhaps finally the best option. Confined nearly all day in a ‘two-by-four’ house, she needs to listen to her men-hater husband’s only discussion about what he is going to do to the fellows he does not like, or to support his non-care about her.
She doesn’t like him, says he is too selfish and happy with himself (we can see that these are also 2 of her self-characteristics). These realities lead her to end up being lonesome and hostile to males, concerning them as responsible for her bad circumstance. The only benefit she uses from her marriage is her superiority versus the other males, being the other half of the one in charge’s son therefore having the power of having them fired, power from which she abuses, for example by forcing Lennie, Crooks and Sweet to speak with her.
This reveals her manipulative and smart character but likewise her remarkable isolation. She is mean, bitter and prejudiced against them (she calls them the weak ones, hobos, and discriminates them by treating them respectively of dum-dum, nigger and poor old sheep), but she has an irrepressible need to speak to them.