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What is Curley's wife's purpose in chapter 4 of Mice and Men?

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pirate08 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2007 at 10:16 AM via web

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What is Curley's wife's purpose in chapter 4 of Mice and Men?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 30, 2007 at 11:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Curley's wife has several purposes in Chapter 4. First, as throughout the book, her sexuality shows a different kind of power than the money, muscle, and skills that the men respect.

Second, she disrupts the rising dream of the men. In particular, she shatters Crooks's attempt to control his destiny and his dignity; she shows how the hidden structures of race can always rise up.

Third, on the level of plot, her continual return shows that she will create great trouble...which she does, soon.

 

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