Curley's Wife Discrimination

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In different sections of the novel, 'Of Mice and Men' written by John Steinbeck, the range of characters: Lennie, Crooks and Curley's wife are impacted by different types of discrimination including gender discrimination, race, class and disability discrimination. An example of this is Crooks, an African American,who faced racism and dealt with loneliness. Likewise, the characters:Lennie and Curley's wife try to seek attention to find company but have been separated from the ranchmen for various reasons.Each character is influenced differently by prejudice which affected them in similar ways but lead to different outcomes. Prejudice has lead each character to loneliness.

Racism is shown through a character named Crooks who is an African American.
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This is shown through a character who was known as Curley's wife. Gender discrimination is shown in many sections of the novella where Curley's wife was compelled to use her appearance to gain attention and respect. She is described as purty and has the eye. She uses her beauty as power through her outfit: the red lips, red fingernails, red dress and ostrich feathers. Steinbeck made her look like a seductive temptress. She portrays the girl in Weed because she's a liar and a manipulator of men. She tempts men in a way that they cannot resist. At first Candy described her as innocent but then Steinbeck reveals her guilty-self with her nasal voice and posture. "She smiled archly and twitched her body," suggests that she puts a lot of effort to impress others. She knows that her beauty is power and uses it against ranchmen. She is referred to as Curley's wife and has not been given a name since she is fearful of Curley and is his possession. She wore a lot of red which represents love which suggests that she is lonely and desperate for company. People's hatred towards Curley channeled toward his wife which effected how she was treated.This gives the reader a clear understanding of how women were treated during those times. Steinbeck describes her in a negative manner from a male's point of view but when she dies due to the accident. He describes her as an elegant lady like how she's always wanted to be seen as. She remains isolated until the