What evidence from Of Mice and Men shows us that Curley is hostile?

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Curley has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, mainly due to his diminutive size. There's also the suggestion that he's unable to satisfy his alluring and sexually overpowering wife. That being the case, Curley's always trying to prove his masculinity, and what better way to do that than to pick a fight with men much bigger and stronger than hisself, such as Lennie.

Curley has no good reason to pick a fight with Lennie; he's simply taking out his anger and...

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Curley is a bully who looks for trouble and weaker people to humiliate.  He is the bosses' son and he uses his position to push others around.  He has a friend who is as bad a bully as he is named Carlson.

Carlson starts up on Candy's dog.  Noises are heard outside.  Slim goes to call the boys in for supper.  Lennie is excited about the prospect of a puppy and is asking about having a brown and white one.  As Lenny gets off the bun, Curley bounces in the door. He is looking for his wife and already angry.  When George tells him that she was looking for him, he turns on George to size him up.

"His eyes flashed over George."(37)

"Curley scowled at him, and turning, hurried out the door."(37)

Later Curley is again looking for his wife at the bunkhouse.

"Curley looked threateningly about the room."(53)

Curley later targets Lennie and gets his hand broken.

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