Curley's Wife
Lustful - Envious - Beautiful

All I wanted was...

To be a model...

To be famous...

To be the center of attention...

To marry a nice guy...

To get a divorce with Curley

But  I didn't want...

To die (duh)...

To marry Curley...

A boring life..

To be alone...

And to live on a farm.

When she was about 15, she was told that she could be a model. Ever since that point in time, she has always wanted to be one. Unfortunately, her mother kept her from following her dream by saying that she is too young to be participating in activities of the sort.

Since she lives on a farm, there is, in her opinion, no one to talk to. If she hadn't married Curley then she would be somewhere else talking to other "civilized" people.

Curley's wife interacts with each person differently.

With Lennie, she tries to seduce him and wants to get in his pants.

With George, she treats him with disrespect and doesn't like him. However, George also did that to her, so, in a way, he probably deserved it.

With Slim, she treats him lovingly, because they both likely loved each other, and were having an affair.

These actions show the reader that Curley's wife only likes people for specific qualities and what they can give back to her.

Curley's wife affects the plot in a couple of ways. First, if she hadn't married Curley, then she wouldn't live on the farm and, likely, would have, most likely, made Curley less prideful and wouldn't have caused the strife between him and Slim. Second, if she hadn't talked to Lennie in the barn and let him feel her hair, it would have lead to her still being alive and Lennie only getting in trouble for killing the dog and not getting shot in the back of the head.

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