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Steinbeck portrays Curley almost as a 'villain' in the novella to contrast the purity in the
relationship between Lennie and George ­ but also to create a theatrical element to the
novella as you have the whole notion of the contrast between good and evil. This almost acts

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boasts about his sex life to the others,'glove fulla' Vaseline' Curley's constant concern over
his wife indicate that for Curley, sexual power is a way to show masculinity, especially if he
feels his small size compromises his manliness. Curley feels that the lack of control he has
over his wife…


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