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    so i have my English Literature exam on Monday, and I'm hoping and praying Curley comes up, but what is the significance of his 'glove fulla vaseline'? Like my teacher has explained but im still confused, like how does it show his power? i think most of my class was confused
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    it shows that curley's a fagit
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    Lol.

    If anything to me it is evident of his lack of power - he is totally obsessed with the girl. She's his everything. He's so proud of her and wants to please her so terribly yet she is going around like the tart she is flirting with everyone - she doesn't even about him, but just drags him along. Doesn't sound like a powerful man to me.

    P.S Hope leads to disappointment.
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    I'm not sure if this links specifically to power in the way you're looking for, but I read in a revision guide that it could reflect his desires to appear controlling and powerful on the outside to the workers etc, but on the inside (aka inside the glove) he still wishes to appear 'soft' aka romantic and able to handle women
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    I thought it denotes that his intrest in his wife is purely sexual
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    (Original post by Morgan_)
    I'm not sure if this links specifically to power in the way you're looking for, but I read in a revision guide that it could reflect his desires to appear controlling and powerful on the outside to the workers etc, but on the inside (aka inside the glove) he still wishes to appear 'soft' aka romantic and able to handle women
    thanks! this makes alot more sense
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    (Original post by popss)
    so i have my English Literature exam on Monday, and I'm hoping and praying Curley comes up, but what is the significance of his 'glove fulla vaseline'? Like my teacher has explained but im still confused, like how does it show his power? i think most of my class was confused
    It shows that he boasts his sexuality, he openly exploits his sex life to the other ranch hands. From what we can see he has no real relationship with his wife, so it may all be for show. He uses his wife as power over the other ranch hands, the glove shows that Curley has this attractive wife where the other ranch hands don't. The glove also represents his obsession with boxing. When Lennie breaks Curley's hand, he also affects his sexuality.
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    It shows that Of Mice and Men was originally meant to be a porno.
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    I agree with TorpidPhil actually.
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    I figured that it shows how Curley has no respect for women as Curley's wife is treated as a sex object. Then you could go on to show how Steinbeck treats women with contempt throughout the novel ect...
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    Ah thank you as well! I'm really hoping Curley comes up now

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