The men assume that Lennie has stolen the weapon for his own protection - again revealing how little they understand Lennie, who is absolutely incapable of such calculation. In the barn scene, however, Steinbeck softens the reader's reaction to Curley's wife by exploring her dreams. You learn that she dreamt of being in films but it was never going to become a reality. This is conveyed through silences, pauses, eye contact and camera angles, alternate head and shoulders shots and head to headshot, Here the director is making use of film techniques to present her as he wishes her to be seen- as someone desperately seeking love and affection in a relationship. Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly.
They had no rights or freedom. However sincere and pitiable these complaints may be, she is ultimately a self-absorbed, manipulative figure in the scene. She also knows how to use her tongue. This, I believe, is why Sinise presented his film in the way he did and presented Curleys wife as a more sympathetic character than in Steinbecks book. He has killed his pup by petting it too hard. The point is that, just like all these ranchhands with their dreams of owning their own farm, Curley's wife has—or had—a dream.
Her dream of being in the limelight is unrealistic as all she ever does is cast shadows and attract negative attention. It is important to remember that over 50 years passed from Steinbecks writing of the novel in 1937 and the making of this film. In the book and in the second movie Curley's wife was not given a name. Her vulnerability at this moment and later—when she admits to Lennie her dream of becoming a movie star—makes her utterly human and much more interesting than the stereotypical vixen in fancy red shoes. This language reflects the negative attitude towards women at the time, and has come across in Steinbeck's writing.
An example of this would be, at the beginning of the film when George and Lennie are walking down the street to get their work cards. But because of the time period it was very hard for women to accomplish their dreams let alone be allowed to have them. Standin' here talkin' to a bunch of bindle stiffs—a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep—an' likin' it because they ain't nobody else. But the guy says I coulda. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young.
Did Steinbeck mean for us to compare a woman and an animal and if so what does that tell you about 1920s American attitudes to women. The men on the ranch fear Curley's wife. The fact that Steinbeck writes the characters as never once mentioning her real name prevents the likeliness of her having a personal relationship with anyone on the ranch, including her husband. I know where they all went. I tell ya I could of went with shows.
The repetitive use of the colour red implies that she intends to be a promiscuous naive girl rather than a mature respectable woman which again can be related back to er double identity of girl vs. Candy thinks that she is 'a tart'. This was major because Crooks never found out that the plan was true about the little house. It is based on the theme of dreams and how they are crushed, amongst others. He fetches George, who knows exactly what has happened when he sees the body.
Steinbeck uses this charcter to illustrate many things. Curley;s wife symbolized the level of equality that women had in the time period that took place in the story. Curley's wife is no exception to this. In the end she was talking about her hopes and dreams and she said she wanted to be an actress and she had met two actors which both said she looked like she would make a good actress and that she could join them the first one that came to her and asked her to come with him, but her mum said no then the same night she met Curly she met someone from Hollywood and he said he will send her a letter but her mum had supposedly stole the letter and hidden it the letter was never found she also said that she never liked curly. The prostitutes and Aunt Clara have names! Author John Steinbeck does a great job of expressing character symbolism in the story. Aside from wearisome wives, Of Mice and Men offers limited, rather misogynistic, descriptions of women who are either dead maternal figures or prostitutes.
George warns Lennie to steer clear of Curley's wife, but Lennie follows her to a barn where a tragedy occurs and George and Lennie's dreams are shattered. Lennie fails to understand her at all, however, as he continues to return to the dilemma of the dead puppy and his anxiety over being denied the right to tend the rabbits. She flirts deliberately with the ranch hands, to make sure they suffer Curley's hot-headed, glove-wearing wrath and to make Curley feel even worse about himself—two for the price of once. I am still a bit confused about the way I could structure my paragraphs because ther is so much goin on at the same time, there's 2 differnet ladies; Curley's wife, Aunt Clara, te girl in Weed, the 2 brothel owners and I have to mention all of them along with the different attitudes of George, Lenny, ranch men and Curley. In this era, American men were forced to leave their families and become 'drifters'. She's also had a bad relationship with her mum.