Curly's Wife

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she was given no name to emphasis the fact of her being Curley's property. Curley's wife hated the idea of being property, of belonging to someone, but she did. It was a twist of sad irony that made Curley's wife all the more interesting.

desperate for human contact, the fact that the entire ranch was male-only is a coincidence, not some implication that she needs male attention.

if Steinbeck wanted to address sexism, he would have used all of his female characters to indicate this. Aunt Clara, Lennie's aunt, is named. If Steinbeck wanted to address sexism, it would have been imperative not to name Clara as well. Perhaps, some more evidence: Curley's wife


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