How Are Crooks And Curley's Wife Different

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In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck describes in detail about how Crooks and Curley’s wife are different. The major difference between them would be that Crooks is a black stable hand who isn’t treated equally. In the book, Crooks explains how he is not treated equally on the ranch by saying, “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” This shows that there is discrimination on the ranch. As a result, Crooks stays in his barn and reads. On the other hand, Curley’s wife is white women who goes around talking to other men like a tramp even though she’s married. On page 28, Candy describes Curley’s wife by saying, “Well- she’s got the eye.” Throughout the entire book, Curley’s wife is described as a tramp because …show more content…
The book describes how both of the characters are lonely. Crooks is lonely because he isn’t treated equally so he stays away from the others. He gets mad every time someone comes into his barn and Lennie finds this out when we walks into Crooks’ barn. On page 68, Crooks tells Lennie, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got the right in here but me.” This shows how Crooks doesn’t want to have anything to do with other people on the ranch and how he is lonely. But, Curley’s wife has a different issue when it comes to Curley. She wants to talk to people other than Curley, but Curley doesn’t allow her. Curley is belligerent, which means that he is ready to fight anyone who talks to his wife. As a result, Curley’s wife sneaks around and talks to other workers while Curley isn’t looking. Later in the book, she states that she doesn’t like Curley. On page 89, Curley’s wife says to Lennie, “Well, I ain’t told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought’n to. I don’t like Curley. He ain’t a nice fellow.” This explains why Curley’s wife always talks to other men. She doesn’t actually like Curley. Overall, Crooks and Curley’s wife are similar because they are