Unfortunately, for Curley it is everything. Curley's attempts to keep his hand soft represent his hopes for a fulfilling marriage complete with a fulfilling physical relationship. Terriers are small, wiry dogs which are often though as yappy and feisty. She once aspired to the glamorous life of a star, but now finds herself stranded on a dusty farm in the middle of nowhere. This simile is used by Steinbeck to reinforce Curley as a character who cannot gain authority due to his lack of respect and also implies that his readiness to fight is like that of a dog- a small petty scrap before being dragged away by his owner.
This tells us that she is not a person who should be stuck on a ranch just like Slim however just like Slim in those times everyone was struggling. He undergoes no significant changes, development, or growth throughout the story and remains exactly as the reader encounters him in the opening pages. When Lennie finally fights back and crushes and mangles Curley's hand, Slim suggests to Curley that he lie and tell people he got his hand caught in a machine. When Curley first meets George and Lennie, the reader senses the ominous nature of this man, as does Lennie. Once allows Lennie to fight back, Lennie smashes Curley's hand, breaking every bone. Ever'body says what a game guy Curley is. Both Lennie and Curley's wife are victims of their circumstances.
He and run off to fetch guns. Curley represents the menace of power, illustrating how those with a bit of authority and a lot of hatred can derail a person's dreams. In other words, Curley wins even when he loses—until the end, when George kills Lennie. She insists that she could have been an actress. Hello, thank you so much for this essay, I find this very helpful for my hw. Like Lennie, Curley's wife meant no harm. Women were property and objects.
Even feels the sense of menace when Curley first comes into the bunkhouse. Carlson returns and announces that his Luger has been stolen. Curley outright abuses his power and uses it to disguise his insecurities and follow his own personal convictions; it is obvious he should not be allowed to exert any power at all over others, he is unfair, mean and vengeful, yet his birthright means that he can almost do as he pleases whether the other men respect him or not. He can no more evade Curley's wife's advances than he can escape Curley's revenge. Curley is able to preserve his masculine image and dignity and Slim says, ''.
She tries to form some kind of relationship with the other men. Experienced, stable, and wise, he is respected by all, including Curley. When her husband Curley was not around she would get lonely. Then ever'body says the big guy oughtta pick on somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy. The sad thing was that she had actually made a connection with Lennie, he listened to her. Furthermore this is emphasized when Curley finds the body, he was not worried or sad but he is happy almost because he gets to get revenge on Lennie. He has killed his pup by petting it too hard.
The friendship between George and Lennie is prevalent throughout the book, but it is shown most explicitly in their plan to live on a farm together in the future. And he's got a good system down, too. Only George understands him fully, knows his childish mixture of innocence and dangerousness. She has no identity outside of him. Additionally, the bouquets of ostrich feathers, also described as red, on the insteps of her shoes would have been extremely expensive in the times Of Mice and Men was set; and that Curley's wife not only wears them on her feet but in the middle of the 'Dust Bowl' expresses her desperate need for attention as she is willing to possibly ruin her best shoes in order to entice the ranchers, despite the fact that she has a husband. Her natural disposition would be to seem quite sweet, pretty.
She refused to stay where she would be a nobody. Each of these characters searches for a friend, someone to help them measure the world. Steinbeck describes Curley as 'calculating' and 'pugnacious' and he clamps his hands 'into fists' when he meets George and Lennie. And the best part is that Curley doesn't even realize it. Through this comparison, Steinbeck emphasises Curley's volatile temper- just like a spring, he could explode at any moment. Do u have further analysis on your point? She just wants someone to talk to.
They sell their labor; she sells or at least peddles, because it doesn't seem like anyone is buying sex. Whilst all the other ranchers are playing horseshoe, Lennie is sat in the barn and is soon approached by Curley's wife. I'd say from what i can remember that the scene with her death revealed that deep down she was a good person and her sexuality was kind of a survival mechanism in the hard times of the book that she had to use to get ahead because of the trials women faced, but its been years since i picked up the book so dont take my word as law. She is first introduced by Candy, the swamper, who describes her from his perpsective to George and Lennie. Lesson Summary John Steinbeck's 1937 masterpiece, Of Mice and Men, tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two itinerant farmworkers in Depression-era California.
Steinbeck uses this portrayal of Curley to criticise the nature of American society and power in the 1930s- those who have power, like Curley, exert their power over others, perhaps who they secretly fear or perceive as weak, to get over their own personal convictions. Crooks exemplifies the vile forces of racism in 1930s America. She is simply looking for something or someone to ease her loneliness, even if it's only for a moment. The ultimate result is both their deaths. A possession that he gets to control. Curley's position is bipolar to the philosophy of the American dream- he doesn't work like the other men, yet he is powerful and somewhat prosperous.