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    Curley is pugnacious. This means he is quick to fight. He believes he is the leader of the ranch because he is the boss's son. However, he isn't because the guys on the ranch do not respect him well enough because of his attitude. Something else which backs up the fact that he is pugnacious is that he was an ex-boxer, and he was described as "handy". This allows Curley to be presented as vicious and mean towards the audience.

    Curley believes he doesn't have to do any work on the ranch, and that in fact he is above everyone else therefore they should do his dirty work. Curley was described as wearing "high-heeled boots just like the boss." This shows that he isn't going to do any hard work and that he is uses the card of him being the boss's son as an easy way out of not working. Him wearing heels on his boots shows this because you wouldn't see a guy wearing high-heeled boots doing hard-work, because it isn't practicable to be wearing those sort of shoes.

    Curley is the one man on the ranch to have a lover. This means that he could be very conscious and worried that the other guys on the ranch will try to steal his wife. This could make him come across as vicious and non-trusting towards the other men, but also towards the audience. This presents Curley in a pessimistic way because he is demonstrating negative qualities about himself

    You should conclude by saying that Steinbeck had intentions of Curley to be he anti-protagonist of the novella, in order to create tension within the book, but also to show the reality of men in 1930s America.
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