What do we learn about Curley's wife?
It's part of chapter 4 in Of Mice and Men.
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One of the things we learn about Curley's wife in John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men' is that she is unrealistic about her potential. She has a dream that is now unrealistic as she taken another choice - to marry Curley. It would have been unusual in Great Depression times for a woman to break out of a marriage - especially for such a fleeting and glamorous role as a movie star. Sadly, she even thinks she is 'actress material' thinking (or choosing to believe) that she has been made real offers. Basically, it was probably just a line to get girls. Unfortunately too, the movies are now talkies and her accent/diction would let her down. She's so gullible she believes all the lines she is spun by these guys.She pins her lost chances on her mother's 'interference' from which we learn about her lack of maturity.
We learn, despite the moniker of "Curley's Wife", thus denoting that she is a mere possession of Curley's, that she is a human being with hopes, dreams and passions independent of her domineering and jealous husband. We learn just how incredibly lonely she is, and how her seemingly flirtatious advances towards the men on the ranch is more of a quest to fill the void of loneliness that her position as "Curley's Wife" has put her in, rather than seeking a romantic relationship, as the men fear. We also learn that she is very much to blame for her present position because of her impulsive decision to marry Curley as a means to escape from her mundane existence at home. Finally, we get a glimpse into her fantasy of being an actress, which only serves to magnify the tragedy of her existence, because it is just that---a mere fantasy with little hope of ever being attained.
In Of Mice and Men, we learn that Curley's wife wants to become a movie star. We also learn that her relationship with Curley has changed since they married. He still leaves to go to the brothel with others on the ranch. As a result, Curley's wife reveals that she is so desperate for company that she talks to Crooks, Candy, and Lennie. These are men that she would never give the time of day to on a regular basis.
In Of Mice and Men we learn that Curley's wife has unfulfilled ambitions. She feels that she could have been a famous Hollywood actress because a man she met at the local dance palace told her she could be in pictures. We also learn that she married Curley to get away from her mother whom she feels kept letters written to her by the actor from Hollywood. She feels isolated and lonely on the ranch because she has married Curley in haste and realizes that she does not even like him. As well she is the only woman, and the men avoid her because they don't want trouble from Curley.
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