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Why does George tell Lennie to keep his distance from Curley and his wife?


stefanie m #193645
Jul 27, 2011 5:36 PM

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Why does George tell Lennie to keep his distance from Curley and his wife?

Chapters 1-2

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Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM

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Culy's wife is the only girl on the ranch. Curly is a nasty person with a huge "small guy complex". He teats his wife like property. Steinbeck reinforces this sense of ownership by not giving her a name (hence Curly's wife). Naturally she is quite lonely and Lennie is the only one who will talk to her. The other men are scared to lose their jobs. The last time Lennie talked with a woman was disastrous (he would not let her soft hair go). George is afraid something similar or worse may happen.

tracey l #96417
Aug 05, 2011 12:04 AM

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Candy warns George that Curley is 'handy' and 'He hates big guys.' George is immediately aware of the threat to Lennie as he is really a small boy in a big man's body. Candy also explains that Curley has only been married for two weeks and has become even more menacing-

'Seems like Curley is cockier'n ever since he got married.'

In addition, Curley's wife is described by Candy as 'a tart'. George sees the danger as well when him and Lennie see her for the first time-

'She's purty,' said Lennie defensively.

Her bright clothes and ostrich fether shoes would be a magnet to Lennie who loves to 'pet soft things', as he did in Weed, to their cost.

Source(s): 'Of Mice and Men' - J Steinbeck


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