Curley Analysis

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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 of his sexual power over his wife to add to his masculine reputation. Though obviously, due to his worry of his wife having an affair (his usual suspicion being Slim) as she's so flirtatious when his back's turned he actually lacks sexual power, and knowing he therefore has nothing to brag of he turns to dispelling his frustraion and anger and maintain his authority through violence, as mentioned before. In a strange way, Curley and his wife's relationship is like that of a parent and child, like George and Lennie's. Curley being the obsessively over-caring parent

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