Different Power Relationships in Section 4 in 'Of Mice And Men'

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D I F F E R E N T P O W E R R E L AT I O N S H I P S I N S E C T I O N 4 I N O F M I C E
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In Section 4 in Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, the author, decides to put four characters in the section/scene. The four characters are: Crooks, Lennie, Candy and Curley’s Wife. In this scene,
Steinbeck portrays power through the characters. He portrays different types of power and uses different methods to show us the power relationship through the four characters. Steinbeck presents differing power through three main methods. These methods are: power through the setting, power through all four characters (as one band of characters), and through individual power in the group. As a result of this, we see difference between certain
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Steinbeck brought the two characters, Candy and Curley’s Wife, in a way where they cancel each other out: Candy gets angry and calms himself down whilst Curley’s wife couldn 't do anything to or threat Candy as he even told her that he didn 't care if he got sacked.
Not only this but Curley’s Wife gives us an impression of what she thinks of the other characters in the Section as she calls them “a bunch of bindle stiffs-a nigger an’ a dum-dum and a lousy ol’ sheep. Steinbeck immediately portrays the difference of power between them through Curley’s
Wife thoughts.
When Lennie, Candy and Crooks were all together before Curley’s Wife entered, they were in the middle of talking about George and Lennies American Dream. Crooks entered a dreamy state: he forget about The Great Depression and forgot about hi skin colour and his status. After
Candy had a go at Curley’s Wife and told her to leave, Crooks said that “Maybe you better go along to your own house.” Curley’s Wife ignored his comment. This shows us that she thinks that she is superior to him and that he cant boss her around. Steinbeck again subtly indicates this without direct speech. Later on when things become tenser, Crooks stands up for himself: “Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. ’I had enough,’ he said coldly. ‘You got no rights comin’ in a coloured man’s room....”. The fact that before, to white people he
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