of mice and men chapter 5

of mice and men chapter 5

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  • We learn that Curley's wife is always lingering around the bunkhouse trying to get anyone to talk to her and have a regular old conversation with. The fact that no one wants to engage in any kind of communication with her goes hand in hand with the fact that we never find out her true name. She is forever known as Curley's wife and nothing more. This indicates her powerless position on the ranch. This is why she gets close to Lennie and allows him to stroke her hair, because someone is finally giving her the time of day. She so badly wanted to be accepted and feel appreciated that it eventually killed her.
  • Character: Curley's Wife
  • Symbol: Hands
  • Theme: Dreams
  • Throughout this book hands are played up upon a lot. Repeatedly Lennie kills or hurts things and people do to his hands, how large and strong they are. Just how Lennie is, they are also compared to paws as well as other animal like characteristics the same as Lennie. John Steinbeck depicts Curley's hand in the glove. the soft one he keeps that way for his wife, as a symbol of his inability to appease her sexually. George's hands are referred to small, but strong. They are compared to those of a good worker, just like George is.
  • Lennie is in the barn by himself sobbing about how George won't let him tend to the rabbits because he pet the puppy too hard and eventually killed it. Curley's wife walks in and sees someone with whom she can converse with. As Lennie cries about his dream Curley's wife begins to share hers of being famous and in the movies. This shows that the majority of people, if not everyone, on that ranch have that common dream of a better life.
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