How is power presented in Chapter 4 in Of Mice and Men?

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In chapter four, the four least powerful individuals on the ranch gather together in Crooks's secluded room attached to the barn. Crooks, who suffers from racial discrimination and is one of the loneliest people on the ranch, uses his power over Lennie to make him feel upset about the possibility of George leaving him. Instead of sympathizing with Lennie and treating him with respect, Crooks projects his negative feelings and emotions onto him and tyrannically wields his power. Despite his low social status on the ranch, Crooks is more intelligent and independent than Lennie, which essentially gives him more power. Crooks's cruel treatment of Lennie illustrates that power can be corrupting and change a person into a harsh, insensitive individual. After suffering from decades of oppression and discrimination, he uses his power to persecute Lennie, who struggles to defend himself against Crooks's arguments.

Likewise, Curley's wife also assumes the rare opportunity to be the most powerful...

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