In novella Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck illustrates how Curley's wife is a misunderstood character with her controversial reputation and personality. Curley's wife is seen as a jailbait and a tramp in the perspective of the men working on the ranch. They think that she is always out flirting with workers behind Curley's back and causing trouble. Curley does not treat his wife with respect, as many men during the 1930's did. He tells her to stay in the house and not talk to anyone. Curley's wife tells Lennie this during their conversation on page 87. “'I get lonely' she said. 'You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley.'” In order to battle loneliness, she does things that have given her a bad reputation. This is an overwriting theme in the book. Loneliness has caused different characters to do different things. Loneliness is the reason why George and Lennie and together, why Candy had the dog, why Crooks reads and why Curley's wife flirts with everyone. She is never with anybody and does not live a social life, so when she gets a chance, she flirts with people in order to get attention. It is revealed to the reader that Curley's wife loves being the center of attention when she talks about the opportunities she had as a young adult on page 89. “Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes-all them nice clothes like they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, a' had pitcher took of me.” Curley's Wife looks back at what her life could have been, and sees herself as a famous actress. In order to get a taste of what life could have been, she tries to get attention on the ranch by talking, seducing and flirting with everyone. In this chapter the reader discovers why she has a bad reputation, and the reader realizes that it is a misunderstanding. When Candy discovers her dead body in the barn, he says that she deserved it. If Candy had taken time and looked at her rather then her reputation, he would see that she did not deserve it. After meeting Curley's wife, the reader understands that the workers' perception of her was incorrect, and that she did not deserve what she got at the end of the chapter.