Curley is among ‘Of Mice and Men’s’ significant characters. Although he does not appear to hold a central role, he is really crucial in other respects. The first of these is the method which he treats George and Lennie, and the cattle ranch employees in basic on the ranch.
Curley is the one in charge’ child. For that reason he acts like he is the boss himself. He purchases the others around, and, although it is true that he does hold some power on the ranch, he does not hold any respect from the workers.
He is nasty towards them, treating as though they are them below him, and typically trying to choose fights. Curley is done not like by practically everybody on the ranch, and with excellent reason. George instantly dislikes his hostility, and shows the exact same mindset in return. He himself states “I hate that sort of a person” as soon as he has and alerts Lennie to “have absolutely nothing to do with him”. Even Curley’s own other half dislikes him, sarcastically stating “swell person, ain’t he” when told to speak to him by Sweet. Moreover, Sweet, although not directly airing his dislike discusses the he is “handy.
God damn helpful.” The way in which Sweet states this hints towards his dislike for Candy being on account of his aggressive nature and hostility, instead of just being because of his nastiness. His desire to combat with individuals all the time reveals 2 things. First of all, it shows inferiority complex: Curley is short, and for that reason is constantly attempting to be better than “big guys”. Second of all, it reveals his aggression. Curley holds a fighting stance when he initially comes across George and Lennie: “his arms slowly bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists.
He stiffened and entered into a slight crouch.” According to Candy, Curley is an amateur boxer and is constantly picking battles, specifically with people who are bigger than he is. Ultimately, Curley is attempting to prove his masculinity. Another method which Curley can be viewed as attempting to show himself is by marrying a physically attractive woman. His better half is never ever offered a name, but by calling her “Curley’s wife,” Steinbeck suggests she is his ownership. Curley declines to let her talk with anyone on the cattle ranch, separating her from everyone and setting the stage for problem.
This difficulty takes place in Section 3, where he implicates Slim of being with his better half and is totally incorrect. He is ganged up on by the cattle ranch workers, and badgers Lennie in order to vent his anger at being teased. This turns out to be an error. Lennie rapidly squashes his hand, and Curley has to be taken to the hospital. Thankfully for George and Lennie, Slim comes to there help, informing Curley “your hand got caught in a maker”. He makes a big program of keeping his hand soft to caress her, yet also visits the local whorehouse on Saturday night.
While he might strut around the ranch due to the fact that of his position as the one in charge’ kid, he clearly can not satisfy his better half and is mean, or maybe just removed from her. Curley batters any man who attempts to speak to her, however ironically, he hardly ever talks to her himself, and they spend the majority of the book searching for each other. When Curley’s better half dies, Curley, rather than showing the reaction that would be expected of a man whose wife has simply been eliminated. He does not appear to grieve at all in any method, hardly looking at the body, or concerning the her death into his immediate future strategies.
Instead, his very first idea is towards seeking revenge and searching down Lennie. It is perhaps this moment in the book which epitomises the method which Curley is aggressive, nasty, and shows no concern for anybody else apart from himself. All of this seems to be negative nevertheless. Surely Steinbeck didn’t present Curley in a poor light? Well, there may some positive elements to Curley, or perhaps those which are not totally bad. To start with, he does appear to reveal some take care of his better half. He is continuously searching for her, and appears to attempt and safeguard her.
Although she is more of a belongings to him than an individual, he is plainly pleased with her, however possibly for the incorrect reasons. Also, Curley is an excellent employee. He is one of the very best on the ranch, having actually grown up there, and this displays in his look after his work. Unlike most of the other characters, Curley doesn’t establish much over the course of the book, however he sticks out as a character with whom Steinbeck does not sympathise. Whilst everyone else is having a hard time, Curley’s hectic choosing fights and trying to toss his weight around on his dad’s cattle ranch. He appears to be beyond the economic battle and even the personal struggle of the Anxiety.
Curley’s the kind of individual that is needed in contrast to the mild tranquillity of the other characters. Likewise, someone is required to be the source of problem among the guys of the ranch who primarily wish to get along. In conclusion, if Steinbeck wrote ‘Of Mice and Men’ as being a microcosm of American society, then Curley represents one clear kind of individual. This is all the men in the country at the time who are petty and embittered, who wish to appear much better than all of the others. He serves as a sort of control variable, whose actions and reactions can almost always be predicted, since he is such a simple shallow individual.