Curley's wife's, in Of Mice and Men, possesses the moral philosophy of Egoism. What is an example of this?I'm working on summer reading and can't seem to find any examples other than Curley's wife...

Curley's wife's, in Of Mice and Men, possesses the moral philosophy of Egoism. What is an example of this?

I'm working on summer reading and can't seem to find any examples other than Curley's wife told Lennie she only married Curley to stay away from her mom. (causing her to only think of herself in the marriage). If someone can help me come up with another example, that would be great!

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Egoism is defined as one whose goals only benefit the individual alone (not those around them or society). In regards to Culrey's Wifebeing egotistical, one can find support of this in chapter five of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men.

"Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes- all them nice clothes like they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me. When they had them previews I coulda went to them, an' spoke in the radio, an' it wouldn'ta cost me a cent because I was in the pitcher. An' all them nice clothes like they wear. Because this guy says I was a natural."

Curley's wife, after finding out that her mother had stole her letter from the movie producer (or at least believed she had), left her mother and married Curley. She was only looking out for herself at this point in her life. She figured that if she could not have the money and fame of being in the "pitchers" she would leave her home. The only thing she found she could do, or order to look out for herself, was marry Curley.

Outside of that, Culrey's wife's appearance makes her relatively egotistical. She always comes into the bunk house in full makeup and rather extravagant dresses (for being on a farm). The only reason she does this is to gain the attention of the ranch hands. Curley's wife needs to be appreciated, needs attention, and needs to feel wanted/desired. It is her ego which makes her seek out the attention of the ranchers. Therefore, her continued appearances at the bunk house, in her full makeup and dresses, proves her egotistical moral philosophy.

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