Candy classifies Curley’s wife as a tart. He does not trust her and warns other men of her flirtatious behavior. When Candy’s dog smells up the bunkhouse because he is old, Carlson encourages that it is time for the dog to be put to sleep.
In chapter two, we see Curley’s wife exactly as George describes her. She is a tart and she is trouble. Curley’s wife seems only to want attention (sexual attention) and is willing to put other people at risk to gain that attention. For this reason, she is dangerous.
They perceive her to be a tart because of the way that she acts around all of the men on the ranch. Curley’s wife is never named in the novel, which reflects how she is not valued as a person.
Due to this isolation and misogyny, Curley’s wife is very lonely. She seeks out men to speak to so that she can engage in conversation with somebody. Curley’s wife admits that she does not like her husband and thinks that he’s an unpleasant man.
George killed lennie, because he did not want lennie to suffer at the hands of curley. He made sure that Lennie had no pain, he told lennie to think of the land and the rabbit. George made sure he shot him right in the spine and the neck to make a instant death with no pain.
Curley’s wife is not a villain. Curley is also jealous and always rearing for a fight. George tells Lennie to keep away from Curley’s wife, because if they fight they are going to get fired. Curley’s wife is always looking around, trying to find her husband. This makes the men nervous.
The colour red was used to symbolise Curley’s wife. It is described that her nails, dress and other physical characteristics as being red. The colour red can be associated with lust and love and therefore, her character is seen as a confident woman with a desire for attention.
Not surprisingly, Curley shows no emotion, other than a cold anger toward Lennie, when his wife is discovered dead in the barn in chapter 5 of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
John Steinbeck portrays Curley’s wife, as a tart at the beginning of the novel, however as it progresses the way he presents her is opposite. At the end of the novel we see that she presents herself as a tart because of the intense loneliness she experiences.
George and Lennie have a dream: to scrounge enough money together to someday buy their own little house and a plot of land to farm. They dream of roots, stability, and independence. They encounter other dreamers in their travels, those grasping for a tomorrow that seems always just out of their grasp.
Curley wears a “glove fulla Vaseline ” because he’s “keepin his han’ soft for his wife” according to Candy the swamper.
She comes across as a polite, flirty woman who has a loney side to her character. Curley’s wife likes to crave attention from the boys, by twisting her hair and lifting up her skirt. Her personality changes throuhgout the novel in the scene with Lennie and Crooks.
She brings evil into mens’ lives by tempting them in a way they cannot resist. Eventually, she brings about the end of the dream of Eden, the little farm where George and Lennie can live off the fat of the land. Her death at Lennie’s hands means the end of George and Lennie’s companionship and their dream.