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The Archetypes In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Archetypes are a manifestation of how our minds envision the roles of characters, these characters come in the form of the hero, villain, temptress, damsel, monster, and mentor. In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, we follow the story of two men who struggle to pull through, on their journey they come across other characters that fulfill the roles of the archetypes. One character in particular that fills the archetype of the villain is Curley. Curley has an aura of evil that resonates from his attitude and his actions, which triggers people to act defensively around him for self-preservation. A villain's attitude shows what kind of person they are, for instance, Hitler was not seen as a nice person by his peers nor anyone for that…show more content…
‘By Christ, he's gotta talk when he's spoken to. What the hell are you gettin’ into it for?’” (Steinbeck 25). This is the first time Curley meets Lennie and George, and the attitude Curley presents to these people is plain rude even though he knows nothing about them. Curley’s attitude mirrors that of tree bark, it is rough, sturdy, and can give you splinters if not careful, it shows how coarse Curley's attitude is. Curley’s attitude is a crucial part of what allows him to fit the villain archetype, however, his attitude is not the only element that shows he is a villain. One’s attitude goes hand in hand with how the act, similar in archetypes you don’t see the hero hurting or torturing people for their amusement. After Curley and Slim arrive at the bunkhouse, the characters start to laugh at Curley for his glove filled with vaseline, so Curley decides that he needs to prove himself better by picking a fight with Lennie. “Curley was balanced and poised. He slashed at Lennie with his left, and then smashed down his with a right. Lennie gave a cry of terror. Blood welled from his nose. ‘George,’ he cried. ‘Make ‘um let me alone, George’” (Steinbeck 63). Curley picks a fight with Lennie, even though Lennie did nothing wrong to deserve it. Curley’s fight with Lennie, which was completely uncalled for supports that Curley is a villain through his actions. Curley’s aggressive attitude leads to violent actions towards others, and sparks this villainous
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