In the rest of the novel, how does Steinbeck show that some people on the ranch are considered more important than others? How does this reflect the society in which the novel is set?
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The importance has to do with economic rationalities. The Boss owns the ranch and thus holds all the power. Slim is the jerkline skinner and crew chief. He is integral to the operation of the ranch and hence important. Curley gets to be important because he is the boss's son. The less economically important the men and woman are (Candy, Crooks, Curley's Wife) , the lower they are on the hierarchy.