In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck illustrates through Curley’s Wife that looks may be deceiving. Curley’s wife was thought to be nothing but jail bait, and she was continuously looked down upon by ranchers. “Jesus, what a tramp.” They always gave her names and all agreed that she was bad news. At times she was even bossy and mean to the ranchers.” Well you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” She puts the African American rancher in his place and makes a strong statement that makes him be quiet. Although, she is very mean and flirtatious she has a reason for it all. “Well, I wasn’t gonna stay no place where I couldn’t get nowhere or make something of myself, an’ where they stole your letters. I ast her if she stole it, too, an’ she says no. So I married Curley. Met him out to the Riverside Dance Palace that same night.”She talks about her past and explain why she is with Curley. She does not enjoy being on the ranch either and hates being with Curley. “ I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” Curley’s wife was just a misunderstood woman, who hated her life. Nobody really knew what she wanted or anything about her life. “ Coulda been in the movies,an’ had nice clothes. An’ I coulda sat in them big hotels.” She talks about what her life could have been like if only she had lived the life she wanted her whole life but instead she ended up on a ranch. Then on the ranch she treated the people there pretty harsh and in return it led to her death. She probably didn’t mean any harm to them; she just needed to vent her feelings because she was all alone and misunderstood. This shows that in Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck really brings out the true meaning of how looks may be deceiving through Curley’s wife.