What words and phrases does Steinbeck use in indroducing us to Curly which suggest that he might cause trouble for Lennie?
In Of Mice and Men, Candy tells George and Lennie that Curley was a boxer and that he tries to pick fights with every man he meets, especially men who are bigger than he. Curley is the boss’s son, so he is in no danger of getting fired. Curley is the type who is always looking for trouble. Steinbeck describes him as a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes, and a head of “tightly curled hair.” Both the boss and Curley wear high-heeled boots to show they are above the others. Candy also explains that when Curley jumps a big guy and beats him, everyone says what a “game guy” Curley is; but if the big guy wins, then people say the big guy should have picked on someone his own size. It seems Curley never gives anyone a fair chance, but he doesn’t care because he is the boss’s son and will never be fired. The glove Curley wears, therefore, becomes a symbol of his pugnacious, vicious nature.