Character Analysis Of Curley In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Curley is a small man when it comes to appearance and he's the son of the ranch boss. He comes across as being very short tempered and even developed something of an inferiority complex. As a result of this Curley is very agressive and almost everything concludes to violence when he's around, always brought on by himself. He was previouly a boxer but he clearly fights unfairly. Curley uses violence to emphasise his masculinity to both the other ranch hands and his wife, and take advantage of anybody who he thinks is weak, hence why the mentally-slow Lennie is his usual target. Curley took a strong dislike upon Lennie the moment that they met, simply because Lennie was bigger than him. Curley doesn't like feeling belittled so constantly feels the need to aggresively harm anybody whom he feels threatened by and almost control them, this quote said by Candy backs this up: "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." Another example of Curley's controlling ways is how he's constantly concerned about his wife and her whereabouts, but takes this worry too far just like any other situation he's in. Curley is clearly humiliated by the constant absence of his wife and feels the need to brag…show more content…
Whilst everyone else on the ranch, and America at the time, is struggling due to the Depression Curley seems careless, wreckless, continues to pick fights and make people feel even worse. It's almost as if he's completely outside of the Economic Struggle, which in fact suggests that Curley's a lonely character, and when in contrast with all the other characters his cruelty is emphasised. Due to this Economic Struggle having getting a job was extremely difficult, to have one and be wealthy was classed as the 'American
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