In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character Curley is the main antagonist For example, after Curley leaves the cabin for the first time, George warns Lennie, “You keep away from Curley, Lennie” (30). This shows that George is afraid that Curley might cause problems for Lennie. He doesn’t want Lennie to have anything to do with Curley. In addition, when Curley is enraged and sees Lennie’s smile, Curley angrily yells at Lennie, “I’ll show you who’s yella” (62). Curley is a very pugnacious individual who wants to fight people bigger than him. Due to this quality, Curley especially hates Lennie because of his large size and wants to fight him after any sign of provocation, causing multiple problems for Lennie and George. Curley is the main
John Steinbeck starts chapter six of the novella with Lennie in the barn alone trying to figure out what he will do with the puppy he recently killed. As he is burying the puppy, Curley’s wife comes in and starts to manipulate him into talking to her by explaining her problems. She says “why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely” (). “Why can’t I talk to you” shows that Curley’s wife is characterized as someone manipulative by trying to talk to Lennie even though George told Lennie not to. On the other hand, it also characterizes Curley’s wife as someone who just longs for a companion and because no one talks to her, she becomes manipulative. Characterization of Curley’s wife is used to create sympathy for her and to lead her to Lennie which ends up badly when Lennie kills her forcing George to kill Lennie. George and Lennie’s friendship is ended because of the loneliness of Curley’s wife because it leads her to talk to Lennie. John Steinbeck creates sympathy for the manipulative Curley’s wife in chapter 6, however, the more known side to her is when she talks to Crooks. Crooks is an old black man who has been discriminated against and has been isolated his entire life. “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny.” (). “I could get you strung up on a tree so
As Steinbeck progresses through the book he creates a motif of loneliness is revealed throughout the book from various characters. Overall, the book shows how loneliness is threaded from beginning to the end, especially in the most crucial paragraph. In the beginning of the book on page 45 Candy has a dog that he 's “had from a pup” and he 's “so used to him,” but since the dog is so old, Carlson points out the fact the dog is incapable of doing anything. Ever since Carlson killed Candy’s dog he has been lonely because he 's one of the oldest members isolating him from the rest due to
Candy is the loneliest person because he loses his only friend which was his dog.” Look , Candy. This ol’ dog jus’ suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head-” he leaned over and pointed, “- right there, why he’d never know what hit him”. Candy’s dog was the only thing he had left to keep him occupied he had no other friends or family. Candy is so attached to his dog that when people said that he stinks Candy doesn't notice. “ Get him outta here, Candy! I don’t know nothing that stinks as bad as an old dog. You gotta get him out.” “ I been around him so much I never notice he stinks.” When I go to other people house they have a certain smell to it and all though I notice it they might not because that's their house and they be there so much that they might not even recognize the smell.
Throughout the novel we see his connections to his dog, and how although it may have not had the most desirable traits still held incredible personal meaning to him. Without the dog he becomes very lonely. An example of this can be found when he says, “Well hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him. You wouldn’t think if you took a look at him now, but was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen” (62). Through these words we can see Candy really loves his dog. A part in the novel occurs where he is told by the others that due to its old age and other disabilities that he should put his dog down, and to stop its suffering. At first Candy is hesitant and holds out for a while. But under immense pressure his put the dog down. After this Candy falls into a deep depression and isolates himself. This is not the first example of Candy being very lonely and isolated. Candy is an old man who has only one hand from a working incident. So as an result Candy spent most of his life alone on the ranch. Through the quote where he says, “A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ask questions” (60). We can see that Candy is a very isolated man who never questions anybody or listens to them. The only continuous positive reaction he had was with his dog. So once that is taken away from the equation all that is left is a poor old man who suffers deeply from depression through isolation and the loss of his beloved
Although Lennie probably would have been killed anyways, George ultimately saves him by killing him himself. Curley has it out for Lennie just because Lennie is bigger than he is. He actually doesn’t care that Lennie kills his wife. Mainly his pride is hurt from when Lennie beat him up and broke his hand, but the fact that Lennie kills Curley’s wife does not help the situation at all. Curley shows his hatred for Lennie when he says, “I’m gonna get him. I’m going for my shotgun. I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts” (Steinbeck 96). Curley really has it out for him and Lennie has no idea why. Lennie doesn’t realize that the things he does are wrong. He does not mean to hurt or harm anyone but Curley does not see that as a factor in his desire to
Firstly, Curley was going to shoot lennie in his stomach. During the story Lennie had been already a target of Curley, he got into one fight with Curley. As Lennie was talking to Curley 's wife she let let him pet her hair. Curley 's wife started to freak out, she ended up killing her. “... and then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck”(Steinbeck 91). Lennie is a tall person, which means Curley already doesn 't like him. Killing his wife gave him a legitimate to kill Lennie, this also shows Lennie doesn 't know his strength making him very dangerous. Curley doesn 't care about his wife he just wants to butcher Lennie. Candy brought everyone to the barn, to show them Curley’s lifeless wife. Curley stood silent for a second then came to
Curley’s decision to hunt Lennie down for the murder of his wife is one circumstance in which a character’s morals are deemed more important than the laws that govern society. Curley is furious when he finds his wife dead at the hands of Lennie. He decides to hunt Lennie down and murder him in cold blood. When asked if he would like to stay back with his wife and grieve, he says, “‘I’m goin,’ ... ‘I’m gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself, even if I only got one hand’” (98). Even
First, the dream of living on the fat of the land is dead. George said that he thought they were never going to do it. George said, ”I think I knowed we’d never do her.” This states that they wouldn’t ever get the land, and that George had known all along. Crooks also, says that they won’t and that he has seen people with that dream before. He says, “You talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won’t get no land.” Crooks has seen many people with that dream that never did it, and he didn’t get to see someone get the land they wanted anyway. These events lead to and foreshadow the farm dream being dead.
"You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn 't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody 'd shoot me..." - ( Steinbeck, 60. )
In the novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, George’s decision to kill Lennie at the end of the novel was justified. George and Lennie were best friends, and have been since they were little. They got ran out of Weed(the old farm they used to work at) for harassing a girl and not letting her go. He was just scared from her screaming and kicking. He didn’t mean to harm, or scare her. And then about a year later when Lennie accidentally killed Curley’s wife, the whole farm was after him. George shot him in the temple of his head for a quick and painless death. Lennie had to be killed because he didn’t know his own strength. And he was too dumb to realize what he was doing. Also Curley and Carlson would’ve tortured Lennie and then killed
“‘Well, you been askin’ me too often, I’m gettin’ God damn sick of it. If you can’t look after your own Goddamn wife, what you expect me to do about it? You lay offa me” (Steinbeck 62). When Curley cannot find his wife, he becomes quarrelsome and confrontational, putting others in danger. Due to Curley’s wife not staying by her husband’s side, the other ranchers’ duties as well as the lives are put on the line, considering Curley’s amount of power on the farm and his well-known wrestling career. Another example from Of Mice and Men is when Curley’s wife approaches Lennie and asks if they could talk. Lennie says, “[George] says I can’t tend no rabbits if I talk to you or anything” (86). George taught Lennie to stay away from Curley’s wife because he knew that she didn’t benefit either him or Lennie, and talking to her could get them into trouble. Additionally, Lennie’s personal goal was to tend rabbits at
In the book of mice and men there are two characters named George and Lennie. George and Lennie were robust friends and had known each other from a young age. They worked and traveled together. Lennie was not completely sane and couldn 't help it. In the book of “mice and men” Lennie murders a lady. Her husband was very mad his name was Curley. So since Curley was disturbed about his wife he wanted to execute Lennie. The next moment Curley had a gang ready to find Lennie, but only George knew where he was at. In conclusion George goes to Lennie and him before anyone else can hurt him.
Moreover, with George and the other males spewing insults about Curley’s wife, it highlights the awful disrespect females would receive from people during this time period. Women were often judged for being the gender they were born as and not for the person they are, such as Curley’s wife. Unfortunately, these misconceptions about Curley’s wife leaves her in a vulnerable and unprotected state due to the fact that no one views her positively except herself. The only female character in the novella must defend herself, but outnumbered by a misogynistic population, her chances of conquering and winning are slim. In addition, Steinbeck portrays the horrors and prejudice of women by describing the reaction of Curley when he views his dead wife. He declares, “I’m gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself, even if I only got one
In the novel Curley shows a lot of selfishness. He only cares about himself and his own reputation and not about the other workers or his wife. He controls them but does not treat them with respect. “‘I’m glad you bust up Curley a little bit. He got it comin’ to him. Sometimes I’d like to bust him myself.’” (81). “‘I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.’” (89). Even though he controls his wife he doesn’t care for her highly. When he learns of her death he is more interested in finding Lennie and killing him, than mourning her death. That behavior shows Curley’s focus on his own well being and