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How does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife? Free essay! Download now

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How does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife?

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How does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment     through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife? essay previewHow does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment     through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife? essay previewHow does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment     through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife? essay preview

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How does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife?

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How does John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ reveal disappointment through the characters Crooks, Curley and Curley’s wife?

Of Mice And Men is written by the author John Steinbeck, he wrote this novel from experiences he encountered when America was in a financial depression that became known as The Wall Street Crash. There are many themes in John Steinbeck’s novel such as poverty, hopes and dreams, companionship and loyalty. Racism and sexism also feature in this novel at the time that Steinbeck wrote this novel, these issues were more prominent. Disappointment is a one theme that all the characters are in some way affected by. All events and feelings of each character such as loneliness, resentment and poverty could all relate back to disappointment. In order to feel disappointed, there must be some sort of expectations and dreams which have not been fulfilled, this is key to why Steinbeck wrote the novel. The three characters I have chosen to write about are Curley, Curley’s wife and Crooks and how disappointment runs through their lives. Curley is quite a complex character, he is clearly affected by disappointment. He feels inadequate in all parts of his life and this is probably why he uses aggression to combat his feelings. Curley’s wife is affected by disappointment because she is unhappy with how her life as panned out. She could have been an actress and a real somebody but instead she is trapped on a ranch in a loveless marriage and she does not have any real standing on the ranch because of her sexuality. Crooks is affected by disappointment due to his social standing. Being a black man he his segregated from the rest of the workers. He is the fall guy when the boss gets angry he takes out his aggression out on Crooks just because he can and he is black. Also his loneliness and bitterness stems from the circumstances that life has given him.
It would be quite easy for me to say that Curley is disappointed because he is small, but when Steinbeck first introduces him into the novel he never actually describes him as short in stature or mentions his size at all. We know though that ‘like the boss, he wore high-heeled boots’. This shows me that Curley is trying to be a man who wants to look like someone with authority and be like his father, by wearing different footwear from the workers. Or simply he wore heeled boots for a little more height. We know that he is bitter about his size due to instantly threatening behaviour towards Lennie who is a tall man. His threatening behaviour becomes really apparent through ...

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