In Chapter 4, how does Curley's wife feel about life on the ranch?  Explain why you do or do not feel sympathy for her.

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Marrying the first guy who smiles at you at the Riverside Dance Palace wasn't an uncommon event in those days, where marriage wasn't just for love, but a way to get out of the house into perhaps some security, especially with the son of a ranch owner.  Married life, especially to a guy like Curley, isn't all she expected.

I do feel a bit sorry for her, because of the status of women at the time, as possessions to order around and to keep in the house.  The fact she doesn't have a name in the story says, I think, a lot.

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