Curley's Wife Character Analysis Of Mice And Men

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Curley Character Analysis Of Mice of Men was written by John Steinbeck and was an interpretation of the Great Depression and its effects on the people. The Great Depression is the economic recession and it began on 1929 and lasted till 1939. It was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. Each character represented the person that was affected by the Depression. Lennie represented the mentally disabled, Curley’s Wife represented the women, Crooks represented the black, Candy represented the disable, George represented the average worker, but to an extent and Curley represented the rich. Steinbeck uses Curley to represent the rich and powerful in the 1930’s and to criticize the lack of social mobility at the time. Curley’s appearance is a big factor as he wears “high-heeled boots” which distinguish himself from the other workers on the ranch, and has no authoritative or respect from the ranch hands, which will be discussed later. Curley has not earned his respect from what he does but from since Curley cannot distinguish himself naturally, he uses his appearance. He has to prove his…show more content…
All of his anger is associated with his hand. He quickly urges Carlson to get his gun “I’m gonna get him. Im going for my shotgun”. Curley does not have a moment of sadness or distraught of his wife’s death. Curley is eager to get revenge for his hand, not for his wife in any way, which shows how unempathetic at any second. He takes this opportunity to impose his power and get his revenge by killing Lennie. Steinbeck uses this moment to criticize the American Capitalist Society by showing how it allowed the one who has power to exert it onto the weak and innocent in the society. Curely abuses his power and ignores the effect it could have on people. He uses that factor to diminish people and make him feel better about himself as he is
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