I could gayety strung up on a tree so easy it main it even funny” Crooks stared hopelessly at her’. Curler’s wife uses the term “Niger” to refer to him. This word was acceptable to use during the time the book was set, It shows the status between the two characters. A “Niger” was expected to carry out their instructions without any question. Crooks stared hopelessly back at her because he knew how much more power Curler’s wife has over him.
Crooks is a significant character for the reason that he shows that no matter how clever or wise a person was, if he was black he would always be treated as a minority. A second way racism was presented was the separation of Crooks from the bunkhouse. Crooks was forced to stay in the sables whereas all the white men lived in the bunk house, where Crooks was not welcomed. Steinbeck portrayed sexism through Curler’s Wife. Though Curler’s Wife has power over Crooks she is discriminated against because of her gender and for the fact that she was the only women on the ranch.
The ranches saw her as a sexual object and referred to her as a “tart” and a “bitchy” displaying they had no respect for her, they also always greeted her in a flirtatious way such as “Hi, good looking” (Slim) Curler’s Wife takes on her ole as the sexual object she is treated as and presents herself in a flirtatious manner, an example of this is “She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward”. This illustrates that Curler’s Wife felt she wasn’t good for anything so felt she had to take on and behave the way that the ranches thought she should to gain some respect.
Steinbeck shows that during the 1 sass there was no gender equality and all women were made to work at home for their husbands. A link wrought the rest of the book is that since she has married Curler she has lost all of her own identity and seen as Curler’s property, we never find out her name and she is just mentioned as “Curler’s Wife”. The main feeling unveiled in MOMMA is loneliness. George sums up the situation by saying “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family.
They don’t belong no place”. George saying this reveals that this is how he feels about himself, that he has no family and doesn’t belong anywhere. Most of the characters in Of Mice And Men are lonely.. Or example Candy, Candy has a loving relationship with his dog but is left alone when Carlson shoots it. Crooks is the only black man on the ranch therefore has no one to talk to because no one will accept and though George and Leonie have each other they know that they will never settle down and have a family etc..
Steinbeck uses this theme to show that during the depression it was hard to have friends because men were forced to cross the country searching for employment so there was never time for them to meet anyone and create any relationships. A link to the characters feeling lonely is Curler’s wife being flirtatious towards the ranches despite just marrying Curler. Curler’s wife flirts with the ranches for attention, this is because she is lonely and feels that her husband gives her no attention so she is constantly wanting it, making herself an attention seeker.
This can be seen when Steinbeck writes “She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red, her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little quests of red ostrich feathers” Steinbeck makes her up in the color red which is usually associated with danger. It also states that Curler’s wife is trying to impress the ranches by making herself up and wearing clothes which aren’t suitable on a ranch.
George refers her as “sailboat” and a “rat trap” and though she gets the attention of the ranches they know she is trouble and steer clear because they know what they will get it Curler was to find out. Steinbeck shows the feelings of optimism and pessimism throughout Of Mice and Men when most of the characters admit to having a hope/ ream.. George and Leonie share the dream of having a few acres of land to themselves and Candy joins in on their dream, Crooks has hopes of having equal rights and Curler’s Wife admits to wishing of being a movie star.
All of their dreams end in a disappointment. Leonie had always had an optimistic outlook on the future but they’re crushed after he makes a mistake which then leads him to being killed by George, who’s dream is now also ruined. Candy’s dreams end in an pessimistic outlook after all he wanted got destroyed leaving him with nothing and Curler’s Wife had an optimistic view ND her dream almost came true if her mother had allowed her to but after being denied all her hopes fell and she ended up marrying Curler.