In the novel "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck, the author show us in Curley's wife a character who is both slightly active, and passive. She is passive in this sense that she has fixed static qualities and in the fact that she is mostly a character that things happen to - not one that makes things happen. Curley marries her, Lennie kills her. One exception is in the slightly provaocative behavior she displays, hanging round the ranch, seeking attention,flirting, winding the men up and insulting the weakest in covert cowardly ways. She had dreams like Lennie and George, but couldn't make them happen either. Another static quality is her lack of identity - even in a name.