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In Of Mice and Men, what is Candy's opinion of Curley's wife? What may be a reason for...

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pel01 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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In Of Mice and Men, what is Candy's opinion of Curley's wife? What may be a reason for this? Give evidence.

Also what is your impression of curley's wife?what passages in the story lead you to this impression?

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 3:10 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter two of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Candy tells George and Lennie about Curly's wife.

The first thing he tells them is that she has made Curley even cockier than he was before he got married:

Seems like Curley is cockier'n ever since he got married.  (30)

Candy also tells them that she's "Purty," but more importantly, that she's "got the eye."  She likes to look at other men.  Candy says he's seen her look at Slim, for instance, and Carlson, too. 

Candy sums up his comments about Curly's wife by concluding:

Well, I think Curley's married....a tart.  (31)

Candy thinks Curley's wife likes to flirt and fool around with other men when Curley's not looking.

This may well be true, of course, but there is more to her than what Candy sees.  She is an uneducated, foolish woman trapped in a man's world.  She dreams of being a movie star, of being famous, of being somebody.  And she is not on her way to reaching any of those goals. 

She is a misfit, too, much like Lennie and Crooks.

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