In not giving Curley’s wife a name, Steinbeck makes Curley’s wife a universal character; she represents every woman. Curley’s wife has no personal identity; she is only identified with her husband. A woman who does not have even an identity can never make it big or even on her own. Later, in the same barn scene, Curley’s wife flirts with Lennie and encourages him to pet her hair. When.
Candy is openly criticising Curley and his wife who could easily make him lose his job. His sexist opinion of Curley's wife highlights the views of women in 1930's America. Even his name which relates to sweet and pleasure convinces the reader to trust in this character. The fact that Candy tells George a lot about his thoughts also makes the.