How are Curley's wife and Crooks similar in the book "Of Mice and Men?" And what are their roles on the ranch and in society?

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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This question has just been answered. Please see the reference below concerning these and other characters representing alienation.

I would add the comment that Crooks and Candy's wife are the two characters always left behind when everybody else goes to town. They play purely domestic roles. As Lennie, they are misfits with nowhere to go. 

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mcfox1948 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Crooks and Curley's wife are both victims of oppression and discrimination. Curley's wife is described as a "floozy" and a "tart"; she is ignored and avoided because she is seen as "trouble", while Crooks is called a n***** and is ostracized by the other men.

They are both extremely lonely, needing someone else with whom to relate to. They are both denied the company of others: Curley's wife, because she is a woman, and Crooks is denied the freedom of socializing because he is black.

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donnamaria | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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crooks are curley's wife are both really lonely. they both have shattered dreams and they both are discriminated because of their gender and race.

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mikaelap14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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i think they're similar because they are both second class / second rate

and they dont get equal rights and respect

curley's wife doesnt get much respect as she's a woman and men were inferior in the 1930's

crooks doesnt get equal rights as he's a black man and america was racist back then

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