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Both Slim and Curley have a strong influence on the lives of the other characters in Of Mice and Men, but in very different ways.

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Introduction

Slim & Curley Both slim and Curley have a strong influence on the lives of the other characters in "Of Mice and Men", but in very different ways. Steinbeck juxtaposes the two characters through the course of the novel as the classic villain and hero against the backdrop of 1930's America. He does this through description of their first impressions, the opinions of the others characters, and the way they treat others. Slim is a skinner on the ranch, a simple man who does his job conscientiously and gains respect from his peers by giving respect in return. ...read more.

Middle

The best thing he like to do is pick on bigger people; this is proved by "He's insistence to pick scraps with big guys" plus he likes games of any sort especially games which take the micky "Ever' body says what a game guy Curley is" This shows that he is frustrated because of his height and always tries to pick on people who are bigger than him and has always a recidivist attitude towards them. Curley is a very proud and aloof man and hates to be laughed at. ...read more.

Conclusion

Instead Slim is able to respect and be respected not only for his authority, but even for his kindness, generosity and fairness, this is shown by these 2 quotes "Nobody don't know what slim can do, better leave Slim alone""he ain't doin' no harm. I give him one of them pups" This shows his attitude towards the people on the ranch is balanced, he even goes and visit crooks every now and then. The workers tend to have more respect for Slim rather than Curley, because Slim is kind and respectful, and Curley feels superior to everyone else. I think the reason why Steinbeck has introduced the two in the novel is because they juxtapose each other as "Good" and "Bad". James Harris ...read more.

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