How is Curley's wife's behavior in the presence of the farm men similar to Brittney Spear's newest song "circus"(the lyrics)?GO TO...

How is Curley's wife's behavior in the presence of the farm men similar to Brittney Spear's newest song "circus"(the lyrics)?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the lyrics of Spears song are a sad commentary on what Curley's wife wanted to be but never achieved. Spears sings:

I'm a put-on the-show kind of girl/Don't like the backseat, gotta be first

Curley's wife would have liked that kind of life but instead she is definitely in the back seat at the ranch. The men give her no respect. They call her "a tart" or an immoral woman. Candy accuses her of giving both Slim and Carlson "the eye". Curley treats her just as badly.He goes off to Susy's place with the rest of the men. She is now living a very lonely life on the ranch. As she complains to Candy, Crooks and Lennie,

" Sat'iday night. Ever'body out doin' som'pni' Ever'body! And what am I doing? Standing here talkin' to a bunch of gindle stiffs---a nigger a a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheet--an likin' it because they ain't nobody else." 

In addition, her dreams of being in the "pitchers" is gone, because she assumes her mother stole all her mail from some man who said he was in the movies. He had promised her she would be, as Spears sings, in the "center of the ring". But that never happened. Sadly, the only time anyone allows themselves to really look at Curley's wife is when she is lying dead after Lennie kills her.