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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
as an indication that the relationship between George and Lennie is also staged.…read more

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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 reduces his masculinity and so he seeks other ways to show his strength, which
mostly entails picking on the mentally handicapped Lennie.…read more


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