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English Literature (Of Mice And Men) Mind Map on Curley, created by KittyG-S on 04/07/2014.

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1 Cowardly
1.1 By fighting bigger men, he is in a win-win situation: if he loses a fight, it's because he's smaller; if he wins a fight, he is praised for beating someone bigger than him
1.2 Fights because he feels self-conscious, like he is defined by his appearance as a 'little fella' as his wife and Crooks are defined by theirs


  • "Curley's like a lot of little guys.He hates big guys. He's all a time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." (Candy)
1.3 Too scared to pick a fight with Slim or Carlson, and knows he would be hated for attacking old Candy, so he uses defenceless, child-like Lennie as someone to take out his frustration on, he knows Lennie's not smart enough to fight back
2 Aggressive/ violent
2.1 Instantly is aggressive towards Lennie as soon as he meets him, always eager to fight


  • "His eyes passed over the new men and he stopped. He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie. His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch."
2.2 Isn't remorseful about his wife's death, just wants an excuse for revenge on Lennie.
2.3 Neither him nor Carlson understand how painful it was for George to kill Lennie, or the complexities of their relationship. He has no sensitivity
3 The baddie
3.1 Exploits his situation as the boss's son, expects to be treated in a superior way to the others
3.2 Has a loveless relationship with his wife, uses her to exert his power, that he has a woman and the other men don't. Doesn't feel remorse when she dies, only wants an excuse for revenge on Lennie
3.2.1 So mean, even his wife doesn't like him


  • "I don't like Curley. He ain't a nice fella." (Curley's wife)
3.3 Always wants to fight Lennie, who the reader already loves
3.4 Put in his place by Slim, the ranch's hero
3.5 Expects respect and leadership because he is the boss's son, but doesn't get it; Slim is the ranch men's leader
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