In Of Mice and Men, how and why does Lennie kill Curley's wife?

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Lenny accidentally kills Curley's wife by shaking her so hard that her neck breaks. Lenny likes animals and soft things, but he is a big, strong man. Curley's wife finds Lenny in the barn mourning the death of his puppy, and she tries to comfort him by allowing him to stroke her hair. Lenny then gets overwhelmed by the experience, grabs her hair too hard, and makes Curley's wife upset. She eventually starts screaming and Lenny covers her mouth and starts shaking her to try and make her stop. 


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Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife by shaking and breaking her neck. He doesn't mean to do it; as always with Lennie, he doesn't know his own strength. But he's drawn to Curley's wife by the softness of her hair as well as her overpowering sexuality. Over the years, Lennie has developed an obsession with stroking soft objects, whether it's a fluffy rabbit or a dead mouse. It was this strange quirk of his that got Lennie and George into serious trouble back in Weed, after Lennie terrified a girl by touching her dress.

Unfortunately, Lennie isn't mentally developed enough to have learned from...

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atyourservice | Student

As he was stroking her hair she began to yell and he wanted her to be quiet as a result he covered her mouth and accidentally broke her neck ending up killing her. 

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crystaltu001 | Student

Curley's wife was letting Lennie touch her curls but she didn't want him to mess it up so she kept telling him to stop grabbing it so hard. Lennie didn't know how to react to it so he didn't let go of her hair and he was afraid she would tell people so he covered her mouth but ended up breaking her neck, killing her.

nisarg | Student

He saw that Curley's wife noticed he killed the puppy and he wanted her to be quiet so he covered her mouth but accidentally ended up killing her.

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