She feels that she is unwanted and no one cares for her so no one would need to know her name. George comes in last, with his coat buttoned up. Candy comes looking for Lennie and finds the body. Candy warns that Curley will lynch Lennie if they don't let him get away. Similar to how he kills the mice and the puppy by mistake, this is also a circumstance where he underestimates his own strength and doesn't realise how what he is doing is wrong.
When he realizes his error, he immediately runs to get George. Well Curley's wife let Lennie feel how soft her hair was until she had said that he'd messed it up. Moreover, Carlson's missing Luger is highly significant. Well, no one ever accused Steinbeck of being a feminist. Curley's wife tells Lennie her story, which is the first time we are given an image of her that is not despicable.
After a sombre exchange in which Candy and George acknowledge that their dream of a farm can't amount to reality anymore, George decides the best course of action. The full extent of the misogyny latent in the portrayal of Curley's wife comes following her death. He promised to write her when he got back to Hollywood, but she never got the letter. It's quite a fitting structure for the death of a would-be actress. The chapter ends with Curley ready to kill Lennie and all the men going out to look for him. Which—let's just say it—maybe a tad impractical for a ranch? Lennie sits in the hay and strokes his dead.
What is missing from her life? He accidentally hit it, killing it. There was a man she knew who wanted to put her in shows. She then begins shouting and screaming as she is scared, which makes him angry as he doesn't want anyone else to hear or else George will angry with him - George told him not to talk to Curley's wife so he is desperate not to get caught. In the end her foolishness leads to a tragic end. However many of the men only see her as an object. Hay forms large mounds, and horses' heads peek out of the stables. When she begins to scream, Lennie covers her mouth with his hand.
If Lennie was to die then they would just have to keep running away and hoping for their ranch but it would have never happened. He calls George, who realizes immediately what has happened. This prompts Curley's wife to ask him why he likes rabbits so much. He runs and gets George, and the two of them realize that Curley will lynch Lennie. He was jus' a mutt. Steinbeck describes her as having more life and vitality as a dead than a living character. Men were going after Lennie to kill him and give him what he deserves, being a best friend George though … t it was right to kill Lennie in a manner where it didn't scare him or give him pain.
Analysis The scene in the barn begins ominously, with Lennie holding his puppy, now dead, and stroking it in the same way he stroked the dead mouse at the beginning of the work. She doesn't necessarily try to talk to the men to start trouble but she just w … ants someone to talk to and who will listen which is why she especially takes an interest in Lennie. For Lennie, however, the two actions are roughly equivalent - in both cases, he simply feels that he risks losing George's permission to tend the rabbits. The only problem is that George waited too long, and eventually had to kill Lennie after it was already too late. Meanwhile, George and hypothesize that Lennie must have accidentally killed her, in the same way he got in trouble in Weed. Lennie tells her he's not allowed to talk to her, but she says no one will ever know. His thoughts turn now from the puppy to the , and Lennie is afraid that won't let him tend them since he killed the puppy.
This scares her and she begins to scream so her grabs her hair harder because he doesn't know what to do. Section 5 From Lennie stroking his dead puppy in the barn to Curley leading a mob of men to find and kill Lennie Summary It is Sunday afternoon and Lennie is alone in the barn, sitting in the hay and stroking the dead body of his puppy. But as the story goes on, to end, we see the importance of her character and that everything that has happened on the ranch is caused by her presence; even though she is not in the story as much as others, she has a long lasting effect on the other characters. Her own needs on her mind, Curley's wife again reassures Lennie it's okay to talk to her, prompting him to repeat his phrase about how he isn't supposed to talk to her. He decides to tell George that he found it dead but then realizes that George will see through this lie. Use the links below, they'll take you to study guides and areas of interest regarding the novel. She is mentioned in the story a lot because of how she would acted around the men working in the ranch.
It is quiet inside the barn; outside is the clang of horseshoes. Summary is alone inside the barn, stroking a dead puppy. And, like them, she's working with her body. If I'd went, I wouldn't be livin' like this, you bet. 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.
They sell their labor; she sells or at least peddles, because it doesn't seem like anyone is buying sex. Curley, carrying a shotgun, tells Carlson to take Crooks' shotgun, and the men leave, taking George with them to find Lennie. Even in death she is nothing more than a scapegoat; and even her own husband fails to mourn her. The barn goes still as Lennie realizes what he has done. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young.
She sees the dead puppy and consoles him, saying that no one will care about the loss of a mere mutt. And she gets what she deserves by the logic of the book : death. When Curley and Carlson return, Curley is carrying a shotgun, and Carlson claims Lennie has stolen his gun. This is done to show that she does not have any identity or position on the ranch. This deadly combination will soon lead to the death of Curley's Wife. You bindle bums think you're so damn good.