The story OF Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is set in California, U. S. A during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The Depression was a time of economic downfall which caused very high unemployment in western nations, one of the worst hit being the U. S. A. This caused lots of people to become homeless and Jobless, this also cause people to become awfully depressed in the harshest of lifestyles and in some incidents people even went on to commit suicide. People who were very rich lost everything they had all their land all of their money.
This forced the government to pass out the New Deal this is where people became migrant workers and were given work from place to place on farms. The lifestyle and conditions for the migrant farm workers was really harsh. In the story Curley’s wife is one of the main characters. She is married to a man called Curley who has a lot of authority in the ranch because he is the boss’s son. I think that Curley is a self centered man who cares about no one except himself. This influences on her a lot as well, I think that this is why she acts like she does.
The only reason she did get married to Curley was to spite her mother. To answer the question fully I must first find out what the work ‘tragic’ means. The meaning is a) Disastrous; generally distressing; very sad. b) Of tragedy. So to answer the question fully I will have to explain how Curley’s wife and a few other characters fit in to this description. In the story the character of Curley’s wife can be regarded as tragic figure in the story because I think that she has wasted her whole life by getting married to Curley.
The first we hear about Curley’s Wife in the story, is when Candy is having a conversation with George about Curley’s Wife, George who is pretending not to be interested about what Candy is talking about but he really is very anxious. ‘Yeah. Purty… but … George studied his cards. But what? Well-she got the eye. ‘ Candy states this to George in their conversations whilst playing cards with each other. Candy is trying to say that Curley’s wife is pretty but looks at other men in the Ranch. This is amazing because it had only been two weeks since she had gotten married to Curley.
She looks at other men who have nothing to offer her, Curley has more then any other man in the ranch, money wise. Some people do look at other Men or Women after they are married but they do not make it so obvious. This is this first time Curley’s Wife is described in the story to us in the story and this is the image we have of her know, and it will not change until more is told about her. In the same Conversation Candy also says ‘I seen her give slim the eye, I seen her give Carlson the eye. ‘ This backs what he said about her before. Curley’s wife is willing to do this and do it very openly.
This shows us the reader what she feels about her marriage with Curley. She is willing to loose this just for Slim who has nothing to offer her and also Candy. I think that is she did not marry Curley she would not have no respect what so ever in the ranch if she was there married to one of the other men. I also think that she does not really like Curley and his personality, then again who does? Through out the story the writer we only hear ‘Curley’s Wife’ whenever the writer refers to her. Through out the entire story we never hear a name, this shows the reader how insignificant she is in this story.
By calling her Curley’s Wife through out the story makes her sound like one of Curley’s possessions. Curley’s wife is just known as Curley’s wife and nothing else no one else has got to know her better. She is not respected by others for who she is but she is respected for who she is married to. ‘well, I think Curley’s married … a tart. ‘ This is George’s perspective on Curley’s wife and by know the reader has about the same opinion so right to the end of the story they are kept with this image of Curley’s wife until the conversation with Lennie right at the end.