Of mice and men

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  • Created on: 17-04-14 10:06
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  • Curley's wife
    • She is newly married to Curley.
      • We never know her name - she is merely Curley's 'property' with no individual identity.
    • She is young, pretty, wears attractive clothes and curls her hair.
  • She is young, pretty, wears attractive clothes and curls her hair.
  • She seems flirtatious and is always hanging around the bunk-house.
    • She is lonely - there are no other women to talk to and Curley is not really interested in her
      • She doesn't like Curley - she tells Lennie that she only married him when she didn't receive a letter she'd been promised to get into Hollywood.
    • Crooks
  • Crooks is the black stable hand or buck.
    • He is the only permanent employee at the ranch, since he injured his back in an accident. His back gives him constant pain.
    • He has seen many men come and go, all dreaming of buying a piece of land, but is now cynical, as no one has ever achieved it.
  • He is the only black man around and is made to be isolated by his colour - he can't go into the bunk-house or socialise with the men.
  • He is always called the 'nigger' by the men, which shows how racism is taken for granted. The men don't mean to insult Crooks every time they call him this, but they never think to use his name
  • All this has made him proud and aloof.
    • He is lonely.
      • The only time he mixes with the ranch hands socially is when they pitch horseshoes - and then he beats everyone!
        • He has his own room near the stables and has a few possessions. He has books, which show he is intelligent and an old copy of the California Civil Code, which suggests he is concerned about his rights.


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