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What is the social hierarchy in Of Mice and Men? How would you "rank" Curley, Slim, Curley's wife, George, Candy, Lennie, and Crooks, in a social hierarchy?

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Curley would be the highest-ranked character according to the social hierarchy of the ranch because he is the boss's son, who is technically in charge of the workers. Despite his low self-esteem and numerous insecurities, he occupies the highest rank on the ranch.

After Curley, Slim occupies the second-highest rank. Slim is an experienced jerkline skinner who is the most revered individual on the ranch. Slim possesses wisdom, integrity, and commands respect from his peers. Even Curley apologizes to Slim for accusing him of having an affair with his wife.

George is the third highest-ranking member on the ranch. Although he is new to the ranch, George is a strong, insightful individual, who cleverly maneuvers around the hostile environment and avoids Curley whenever he can.

Candy is next on the social hierarchy and is considered one of the weaker members on the farm. Since Candy is old and handicapped, he fears that he will be let go in the near future. Lennie is another weak character, who is...

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