Of Mice and Men

How does Steinbeck develop power in different parts

Slim: Top of the Hierarchy, well respected.

Lennie: Physical strength.

Nature: one step ahead, foreshadows-More help on that please x

Dreams: the American dream making their life how it is-More help on this please x

Curley's wife: help please x, how does she have power

Crooks: how does he have power?- help please x

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Curley's wife holds power because she married a jealous man. She controls her husband and thus, she controls every other man on the ranch through him. Curley's father is the boss, if Curley doesn't like someone...... if they anger his wife..... they're gone.

Crooks really holds no power. His purest moments come from the tack-room, which in essence, belongs solely to him. He is the only man on the ranch afforded privacy, which might be considered a kind of power in itself. None-the-less, his situation is the saddest of the hands.

For Crooks could it be how you need his permission to enter his room? is that power or just fear?

Crooks is ostracized because he is black. It isn't so much that he "requires" people be given his permission, as it is an understanding. The white ranch hands do not want Crooks in their bunkhouse. In turn, all he wants is for them to keep a wide berth of his space as well.

"He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs." (Page 33)

"Well, I got a right to have a light. You go on get outa my room. I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain't wanted in my room."


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