Topic: Question 10

Loneliness has not only devastated Crooks, it has also adversely affected Curley's wife. She provides evidence that a presence "get mean" if they are deprived of love, companionship, and affection.

a. Find some examples of her particular brand of "meanness" in Chapter 4 when she attempts to talk to Lennie, Crooks

b. Why do you think she insults them when they will not confide in her about Curley's hand? Was it her original intention, do you think, to be so mean to them?

c. Describe how you see the relationship between Curley and his wife. Explain your views.

d. George says of her: "They's gonna be a bad mess about her ... Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain't no place for a girl, specially like her." What does George mean by this? In light of what she reveals to the men, and what she says to Lennie in Chapter 5 about her loneliness, what else do you think this statement could mean?