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Of Mice And Men Coursework - Pick two characters you find interesting in Of Mice and Men and write about them

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Of Mice And Men Coursework Pick two characters you find interesting in Of Mice and Men and write about them: In general, characters that are bad in stories normally have a hard time. In "Of Mice and Men," John Steinbeck has created many interesting characters. The two characters that I find interesting are Crooks and Curley's wife. By looking at these two characters in different parts of the novel, I discuss here why I find them interesting. Crooks and Curley's wife are different in every way, Crooks is a Negro so he is isolated from all the other ranch hands. He is hunchbacked, disabled and old therefore he does not work in the fields with the other ranch hands and works in the stable by himself. He is segregated from the others so he is also very lonely. However, Curley's wife is nothing like this, she is young, good looking and glamorous. ...read more.

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She still dreams of what might have been, seeing herself as a potential film star. However, she has no acting talent, men make offers as a chat-up line, and as films were requiring actresses to talk, her coarse speech would be a handicap. Her innocence shows in her belief that her mother has stolen a letter (from her "contact" in Hollywood) which was obviously never written. Her immaturity appears in her instant reaction of marrying the loathsome Curley. Desperate for companionship she does not find at home, she flirts with the ranch hands. They are uneasy about this, as they think her to be seriously promiscuous, and are fearful of Curley's reaction. Her inappropriate dress on the ranch and her coquettish manner brand her as a "tart". She is perhaps, the most pathetic of all the characters. Steinbeck sympathises with the poor black people of the time with his description of Crooks. ...read more.

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While Crooks doesn't want company, Curley's wife yearns for it. When George and Whit first meet, Whit describes her as a, "new kid," and says that she is one to be avoided. He tells George, "to stick around an' keep your eyes concealin' nothing. I never seen nobody like her she got eyes goin' all the time on everybody. I bet she even gives the stable buck the eye. I don't know what the hell she wants." Steinbeck has created a confused and sad character, one who is destined for a tragic future and this is how it turns out. In conclusion, I find these two characters interesting because they're lonely and isolated from everyone, but they are completely opposite to each other, this makes the story more interesting because there is a contrast between the main characters and the isolated ones. The main reasons I find that Crooks and Curley's wife so interesting because Crooks doesn't want and company because he is afraid and Curley's wife desperately wants the company. ...read more.

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