Provocative - Isolated - Desperate
All I wanted was...
somebody to keep me company
to be in pitchers
to leave my ol'lady
to be free
all them nice clothes
But I didn't want...
to be livin' on a farm
to be locked up and awful lonley
to be married to Curley
to be looked down on
Curley's wife blames her mother for her failure as a movie star because her mother would not let her leave at 15. Because of this, she marries Curley as revenge but becomes disappointed with her marriage and her life. Curley locks her inside the house, causing his wife's deep loneliness.
With Lennie, Curley's wife discretely flirts with him after he hurts Curley, and she patiently has a conversation with him, trying not to hurt his feelings. She obviously flirts with Slim, acts nicer around him than anyone else, and constantly asks for him. On the other hand, Curley's wife treats Crooks horribly by insulting and threatening him for nothing but the color of his skin. This tells us that Curley's wife only cares about herself and only interacts nicely with people who can benefit her.
Curley's wife approaches George and Lennie towards the beginning of the book and asks if they have seen Curley. George doesn't respond, claiming he does not want to talk to a troublemaker. At this point, Lennie becomes fascinated with Curley's wife and she notices Lennie staring at her; Lennie then suggests to leave the farm. Moreover, after Lennie kills his puppy, Curley's wife comes up to him, looking for someone to talk to. She acts nice and tells Lennie to pet her hair and he ends up killing Curley's wife. Because of this, Lennie runs away from the farm and George kills Lennie.