The character of Curley in “Of Mice and Men”. By Rachel, Rachael, Lauren & Emily. Behaviour. Curley behaves in an aggressive way, like he’s always looking for a fight as his way of getting attention. He starts fights over anything, usually with bigger people.
By Rachel, Rachael, Lauren & Emily
Curley behaves in an aggressive way, like he’s always looking for a fight as his way of getting attention. He starts fights over anything, usually with bigger people.
“well, nex’ time you answer when you’re spoke to”
This shows he sees everyone as lower than him and expects responses and respect when spoken to.
“a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair”
“he wore a work glove on his left hand, and, like the boss, he wore high heeled boots.”
“ill kill that big son-of-a-bitch myself”
“I'm gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard myself”
“well curleys pretty handy…never did seem right to me”
“Well, I tell you what – curley says he’s keeping that hand soft for his wife”
Curley represents the way that people in a way forced to respect him because of his dads authority, they don’t want to respect him but they haven't a choice.
Where as someone like Slim, who has a lot of respect from the people, has gained respect due to being a more sympathetic and being easier to get on with.
Steinbeck portrays him as quite violent and dangerous, also quite stuck up and is aware of his authority.
Steinbeck also makes him out to be quite wimpy when threatened, and tries to use violence as his way of getting what he wants.
Curley’s name has significance to his character and appearance as the curls in his hair represent how he’s tightly wound up and has temper issues, but isn't weak.
This shows he’s quite violent, arrogant and has no respect for people who he expects respect from.