How does Steinbeck present loneliness through Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men? 

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Along with the importance of friendship and the American dream, the pain of loneliness is a major theme in John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. While most of the characters deal with some level of loneliness, Curley's wife is particularly characterized as being lonely. 

Because she is the only girl on a ranch full of men, she is isolated. Most of the men are basically afraid of her, partly because she is young and pretty, but also because of the belligerent nature of her husband. When she tries to talk to them they are aloof and refer to her with derision labeling her with names such as tart, tramp, floozy and jailbait. She is neglected by Curley who is always supposedly looking for her which seems to be just an excuse to terrorize the men who work for his father. He probably mistreats her and even cheats on her as evidenced by the fact she is alone on Saturday night while Curley has gone into town, presumably to a whore house. Because of this she seeks attention from the other men...

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