Im doing the aqa English gcse lit exam on Monday
any advice when analysing Curley??
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A* Curley Analysis watch
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- 15-05-2015 12:51
- 15-05-2015 19:55
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- 15-05-2015 20:17
Curley represents how white men used to exploit minorities- he is rude to Lennie- disabled, wants control over his wife (patriarchal society) and is rude to Crooks (racism). Curley uses his status to control others, whereas Slim has natural power- the men respect him because he is compassionate and fair. Slim is used as a foil against Curley to highlight all of Curley's flaws and make the reader choose what Slim stands for- integrity and compassion- and therefore reject what Curley stands for- violence and bullying. By forcing us to reject what Curley stands for, we condemn the actions of society at that time, and we question how society could have allowed such situations to occur.
Steinbeck also shows how the lonely lifestyle of workers could make you become a cruel person through Curley's lack of friends and his pugnacious manner- as seen when he meets Lennie and George for the first time, and immediately falls into a boxer's stance. We see how violence was a normality due to the many violent incidents that occurred on the farm.
Steinbeck uses Curley as an indictment of American society, and he makes us dislike Curley so that we dislike what he stands for, and we realise that the situation in '30's America was utterly reprehensible.
If you need anymore help, just ask- this is good revision for me too!