Why Does Curley's Wife Threaten Crooks

Why does Curley's wife threaten Crooks? What does she threaten him with?

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Remember that Crooks is a black man.  Remember that in those days there was a real taboo against black men getting involved with white women.  This was a big deal.

So, what Curley's wife threatened to do was to say that Crooks had come on to her.  If she had claimed that, he would have been in a whole lot of trouble -- he would surely have lost his job and maybe even gotten physically hurt.

As for why she did it, it is because she is a nasty person.  She is very unhappy and she seems to want to make others unhappy too.

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