Explore Some of the Ways in Which Steinbeck Presents Different Characters in the Novel!

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Explore some of the ways in which Steinbeck presents different characters in the novel!

Steinbeck manages to explore the impact of the main causes of disadvantage not only on a ranch but across America in the 1930’s. He uses stark, realistic characters to explore social problems and constraints in a dark period of American history. Three such characters are the figures of Curley’s wife, “old man” Candy and Crooks. The social standing of these three characters is extremely low due to circumstances outside of their influence (Curley’s wife’s gender, Crooks’ colour and Candy’s age).

Curley’s wife is perhaps the most complex and ambivalent character in the novel. She is a pivotal character in the book, yet her personality is never fully
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It is as though Curley thinks that he can leave for a brothel, with his wife’s knowledge and sleep with whomever he wishes whilst his wife is required to stay at home and be faithful. Also, when she is confronted by Crooks, she is not only offended by his misconception, but she sees a chance to do something that she is not able to do at any other point in the book, she asserts some authority. The following paragraph contains both a small but important detail and a shocking threat. When addressing Crook’s in this paragraph, she calls him “Nigger.” This time, the word is not just used to describe him; it is used in the place of his name, which explains the use of a capital “N.” Also, Curley’s wife states that she could get Crooks “strung up so quick it ain’t even funny.” She is so offended when the one person beneath her in the pecking order makes a stand against her, that she threatens to have him killed. This shows us that she is desperately clinging to any vestige of dignity available in such an unforgiving place.
In her final appearance in the book, before her death, is one that finally explains to us her dream and how she came to be so far from it. We are told of the time when she met a man who told her that he could make her a star in Hollywood and that he would write to her when he got back. This never happened, but Curley’s wife believes that her mother stole the letter and so, she married Curley to spite her. One

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