Topic: Question 11

It is not until Curley's wife's conversation with Lennie at the beginning of Chapter 5 that we are hit with the true extent of her loneliness and her desperate desire for companionship, When she talks to Lennie, "her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away."

a. What qualities of character are revealed in her conversation with Lennie? Consider what she tells Lennie about the dead pup, her dream, her confession about her loneliness, and why she married Curley.

b. Do you think Curley's wife really "has the eye" as several of the men say? Is she a "tart"?

c. Considering that she does;t even like Curley, why do you think she married him?

d. If you could speak with her here, what advice would you give her?