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Why does Curley represent an obstacle for George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men?

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Curley represents an obstacle to George and Lennie because he abuses the power he possesses on the ranch.

Curley's first appearance with George and Lennie shows how much of an obstacle he will be for them.  He confronts and hassles both me. He is immediately threatened with Lennie's size.  He berates Lennie for not speaking when he is addressed.  Curley then mocks George when he says that he and Lennie "travel...

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