who is mistrusted by her husband. Steinbeck explained that she is "not a person, she's a symbol. She has no function, except to be a foil – and a danger to Lennie." Curley's wife's preoccupation with her own beauty eventually helps precipitate her death: She allows Lennie to stroke her hair as an apparently harmless indulgence, only for her to upset Lennie when she yells at him to stop him 'mussing it'.
Of Mice and Men (1939) | Movie poster | Pictured: Lon Chaney Jr. (top left), Burgess Meredith, Betty Field | Tagline: "Powerful in its grim human appeal!" | Title appears as John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"