Of Mice and Men

Why did Curley fight with Lennie? What happened?

Chapter 3 of mice and men

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Curley has a major case of "small guy complex". Curley also thinks that Lennie, a big man, won't defend himself. He goes after Lennie because Lennie smiles while at a joke made at Curley's expense. Lennie doesn't defend himself until George tells him to. Lennie then crushes Curley's hand.