Surly Curley Surly is defined as being “bad-tempered and unfriendly.” This is the perfect definition for the curly-haired antagonist of Of Mice and Men. Most will say there is no justification behind Curley's hostility. He was rude to Lennie upon meeting him, was controlling over his wife, he attacked Lennie, didn't mourn his wife's death, and arranged for Lennie's murder. While you can sum up that Curley is a total jerk and deserves punishment, you can also analyze the text further. Upon further analysis, you can find some humanity, or reasoning behind Curley's actions.
In the realistic fiction, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, all of the different characters have different traits that affect others in different ways. Curley is unfriendly, insecure, menacing, and hostile towards others. Each of these traits affects surrounding characters in a negative way. Curley is a very unfriendly character. It is shown multiple times through Of Mice and Men that Curley can be very unfriendly.
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the character of Curley's wife to illustrate the theme of loneliness. Curley's wife is the only woman on the farm and has no one to talk with. In the beginning, Curley's wife always bothers the men by telling them "[She is] lookin' for Curley" (Steinbeck 31). This is the first sign of her unbearable loneliness. Unfortunately, when she asks the men if they've seen her husband she acts flirtatiously, which gives them the wrong impression.
They are important, because they make the story interesting, they influence the protagonist’s actions by making their current world increasingly undesirable and presenting obstacles to the story. Curley, a character from the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, represents such a character. He is a controlling, aggressive and selfish man who is an essential component to the tragic outcome of the story. Curley is a controlling man. He always needs to know where his wife is
Although Lennie is accused of being the cause of Curley’s wife’s death, the dialogue between these two characters in chapter five shows Curley’s wife is equally to blame. The reader can see in this chapter, Lennie tried very hard to get rid of Curley’s wife because he knew she would cause him trouble. The book states, “Lennie glared at her. ‘George says I ain’t to have nothing to do with you-talk to you or nothing.’” (Steinbeck 86). This quote is one of seven attempts Lennie made to try and get Curley’s wife to leave.
This scared the girl and Lennie and George had no choice but to leave. This when George says to Lennie (...Doc B…) if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush. This foreshadows that Lennie will get in trouble and have to come here. Another clue to Curley’s wife’s death is the puppy he owned died due to it being fragile and Lennie is too rough. He bounced it up and down and it’s neck snapped.
The theme of Man's inhumanity to man is represented by Curley, Curley's wife and Crooks, not limited by race or gender. Curley has never had a solid relationship with any of the other characters, especially with Slim and Lennie. On Lennie's behalf, he can be mistaken as a very large child. Curley has a problem of being too jealous, which can lead him to
In both movie adaptation and novel the social hierarchy of the characters in “Of Mice and Men” is clear. Curley’s wife ranks lower on this social hierarchy than most workers, including Lennie, a mentally-challenged man, and Candy, a old crippled man. The only dominance she can assert is over a black crippled man, but she, unlike Crooks, is not even awarded the respect of being named. While the movie adaptation focuses on the vulnerability and victimization of Curley’s wife and the text focuses on her portrayal as a bitter and seductive temptress, both text portray the inherent sexism of the time period and how women were deprived their dreams and identity. The first exposure the audience has in both texts to Curley’s wife is Candy’s description of
Curley’s wife is not completely innocent, but she is not a villain. When she gets opportunity’s to show her true colors she is mean to the men on the ranch, which makes her at the least part villain. When Lennie is with Crooks and Cansy , she speaks to Crooks very rudely and says, “listen Nigger. You know what I can do to you if you open your trap”(Steinbeck 104)? Curley’s wife believes that she can take control and overpower Crooks.