In the book, Of Mice and Male, Curley is the antagonist who develops issues for George and Lennie. He is a pugnacious male who is small in stature. Curley has a Napoleonic complex and attempts to compensate for his little size by fighting with individuals who are bigger than him.
This makes him feel larger. The reason he has the ability to intimidate everyone by combating, is that he has power over everyone. Being the one in charge’ kid he has no worry of punishment and has the ability to do anything with impunity.
He uses his freedom as a benefit, while he can battle somebody and not enter any difficulty the other person will and will not fight back. Finally, he has a reason to fight; Curley is small and if he believes someone bigger than him is intimidating he can fight them. The main reason Curley is able to intimidate everyone is since he can do anything without the worry of punishment. Curley is the one in charge’ boy and has a high power over the other workers. He has the ability to pick a fight without the punishment of losing a job.
Curley’s flexibility is intimating to other people, they understand that Curley is able to do anything to them, and with his aggressive personality they are afraid that he could do something extremely severe. The majority of people like Curley will bluff and state they would combat, but with Curley the other individuals know he will do it. This absence of constraints is a reason to combat more; considering that there is no punishment he does it more. Curley, with his ability to do anything with impunity will trigger great hardship for both Lennie and George.
Curley is extremely challenging to everybody because he has the advantage of liberty. Not just that he can do anything he wants without a repercussion, however the other individual can refrain from doing anything back to him. The other individuals understand that even if Curley battles them they can not fight back in worry of problem. He can threaten other individuals by attempting to get them fired. For example, George hesitates that Curley will select a battle on Lennie and when Lennie battles back they will lose their job. Not just are people scared of losing their jobs, however they hesitate due to the fact that there are lots of people on Curley’s side.
In the book, Candy states “S’pose Curley jumps a huge person an’ licks him. Ever’body states what a video game guy Curley is. And s’pose he does the exact same thing and gets licked. Then ever’body says the huge guy oughtta pick somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy.” This offers him a sense of power, he feels bigger due to the fact that people are afraid to even throw a punch at him. With Curley around the ranch it will be extremely hard for George and Lennie to keep their tasks. Curley is daunting to both George and Lennie, mainly because he finds any reason to combat with them.
Curley constantly got “a chip on his shoulder,” he is searching for any reason to engage in a conflict. For instance, when he sees Lennie, he gets mad at wants to fight. He utilizes Lennie’s big construct as a reason to “scrap”. Even George wonders, “What the hell’s he got on his shoulder? Lennie didn’t not do anything to him.” It ends up Curley simply thinks Lennie is frightening. George is likewise afraid that Curley’s other half will create issues. George has to safeguard Lennie from her or Curley might utilize her as an excuse to combat with him, despite the fact that Curley’s partner is a flirty lady.
Curley can produce numerous reasons and all of them stand due to the fact that of his high power. All the reasons that Curley is able to frighten individuals with, are connected power. With power comes impunity, and being the one in charge’ kid gives him the flexibility to do anything without consequence. Since people hesitate to begin a conflict with him, due to the fact that of fear of penalty, Curley feels a sense of power over other people. Lastly all the excuses Curly makes are valid because of his power. Curley utilizes his authority in a manner that intimidates everyone.