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Curley's Wife...

We are never told her name, she is always refered to as 'Curley's Wife'. This shows how the other characters feel about her, they dont even care enough to say her name.

''looking in was Curley's Wife''

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Curley's Wife...

Curley's Wife is always wearing red, this could symbolise that she is trouble.

'' She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostritch feathers.''

Although it isnt obvious at the start of the novel Curley's wife is actually a very lonely character. In the barn she confesses it all to Lennie.

''I get lonely" she said. "You can talk to people, but I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How'd you like not to talk to anybody?"

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Curley's Wife...

No-one realy cares about her, when she dies Curley wants to avenge her death by killing Lennie. However he only wants to do this becasue Lennie hurt his hand and his pride.

"He worked himself into a fury. 'Im gonna get him. I'm going for my shotgun. I'll kill the big son-of-a-***** myself. I'll shoot 'im in the guts. Come on you guys.' He ran furiously out of the barn."

Curley's Wife has her own dream to be a movie star in hollywood. She shares this dream with Lennie before he kills her.

"Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes --- all them nice clothes they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me. When they had them previews I coulda went to them, an' spoke on the radio, an' it wouldn'ta cost me a cent because I was in the pitcher."

REMEMBER IF YOU GET AN EMPATHY QUESTION SHE DOESNT SAY CINEMA SHE SAYS PITCHER!

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Carlson...

Carlson is a powerful, large man.

"A powerful, big-stomached man came into the bunk house"

Carlson forces Candy to kill his dog.

"Look Candy. This ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head--" he leaned over and pointed "--right there, why he'd never know what hit him."

Carlson has a harsh uncaring attitude, when George has just shot his best friend and is being comforted by slim he says

" What the hell d'ya spose is eating those two guys?"

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Crooks

Crooks is treated like an animal, he lives in the barn with the animals.

"Crooks' bunk was a long box filled with straw"

Crooks' main function as a character in the book is to show loneliness and racism

''He whined, 'A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya.' he cried 'I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick".

''The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them, an' some of them were pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. But I know now."

Crooks' pink palms show he is no different from anyone else.

"he poured a few drops of liniment into his pink-palmed hand"

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Curley...

Curley thinks he is superior.

"Curley stared levelly at him.'well, nex time you answer when you're spoke to.' he turned toward the door and walked out"

Curley is the boss' son.

"That's the boss' son"

Curley is small and scrappy.

"a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and head of tightly curled hair."

"you seen little guys like that, ain't you? Always scrappy?"

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Curley...

Picks on Lennie because he is least able to fight back.

"Curley followed, slugging him in the face. Lennies hands remained at his sides; he was too frightened to defend himself"

He sees his wife as a sexual object and nothing else.

"Glove fulla vasaline"

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Candy...

Candy is Old

"the old man looked uneasily"

Candy likes to gossip

"you seen that glove on his left hand?"..."well that gloves fulla vaseline''

Candy believes the most in the dream, because he has nothing else left.

"you an' me can get that little place, can't we George? you an' me can go there an' live a nice life, can't we George? Can't we?"

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Slim...

Slim is respected

"Candy looked at him helplessly at him, for slims opinions were law."

Slim is god-like

"and he moved with such majesty only achieved by royalty and master craftsmen"

Slim makes you trust him by being relaxed and not pushy

"Slim neither encourage nor discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive."

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Lennie...

Big and Strong

"Next minute Curley's hand was flopping like a fish on a line, and his fist was lost in Lennies big hand"

George controls him throught the rabbits

"you ain't gonna get in no trouble cause if you do, I aint gonna let you tend the rabbits "

Only sees right or wrong through application of the dream

"but he'll know. George always knows. He'll say, 'you done it. Don't try and put nothing over on me.' An' he'll say 'Jus' for that you dont get to tend no rabbits.' "

Likes to stroke soft things

"I wasn't doin' nothin' bad George. Jus' strokin' it"

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Lennie...

Lennie Doesnt know his own strength

"an' he made like he was gonna bite me... an' I made like i was gonna smack him... an'...an' I done it...an' then he was dead"

Lennie Panics

"In panic he shoveled hay over the puppy with his fingers."

Lennie is like a child

"Lennie covered his face with his big paws and bleated with terror"

Lennie is like an animal

"and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws"

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George...

George encourages Lennie to fight back.

"he cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled 'Get 'im Lennie'. "

Georges takes responsibility away from Lennie

"and george raised the gun and steadied it, and brought the muzzel of it close to the back of Lennies head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied as he pulled the trigger"

Georges gives up on the dream

"Everybody went into town." he said "Slim and' George an' ever'body."

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George...

George is small

"the first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features."

George gets angry with Lennie

"do I have to sock you?"

George looks after Lennie through guilt

"I turns to Lennie and says jump in. An' he jumps in. Couldn't swim a stroke damn nearly drowned before we could get him out"

George has Lennie but is still lonely

"George fell silent, he wanted to talk. Slim neither encouraged him or discouraged him."

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Friendship...

Lennie, your gonna be sick like you was last night”

“Look George. Look what I done.”

“I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl”

“We gota future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a dam about us”

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.”

“Someday. We gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a little house.”

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Dreams...

"O.K. someday-- we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and--"

"An live off the fatta the lan" Lennie shouted. "An' have rabbits. Go on George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages"

"Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes --- all them nice clothes they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me. When they had them previews I coulda went to them, an' spoke on the radio, an' it wouldn'ta cost me a cent because I was in the pitcher."

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Loneliness...

”Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world”

“We gota future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a dam about us”

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.”

“A guy on a ranch don’t never listen nor he don’t ast no questions.”

“Curley’s like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys.”

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Death...

When Candy's dog is shot it exactly mirrors what will happen to Lennie

"Look Candy. This ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head--" he leaned over and pointed "--right there, why he'd never know what hit him."

"and george raised the gun and steadied it, and brought the muzzel of it close to the back of Lennies head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied as he pulled the trigger"

"No," said George, "No Lennie I ain't mad. I ain't never been mad, an I ain't now. That's a thing I want you to know."

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