Why did Curley's Wife marry Curley? John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

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In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and MenCurley's wife is an important character because she drives the plot forward and is at the center of the climax of the novel. Despite her importance to the novel, readers learn very little about her. She is known only as "Curley's wife."

To find the answer to the question of why she marries Curley, readers must look in chapter five. Prior to that chapter, hints are dropped that Curley's wife may have a wandering eye. Some of the men call her a "tart" and say they've seen her sneaking glances at the men. Curley's wife finds Lennie alone in the barn, and...

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Curley's wife married him to get away from her mother whom she thinks has ruined her chance of becoming a famous Hollywood actress. Curley's wife met a man who was "in the shows" at the local dance palace. The man told Culey's wife he could get her on the show but her mother said no because she was too young. Later, Curley's wife met a man who said he was from Hollywood and could get her into pictures. The man said he would write when he returned to Hollywood. Since she never heard from the man, Curley's wife assumes her mother kept the letter. She confronted her mother, who denied keeping the letter from her. That same night Curley's wife met him at the dance palace and married him.

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