Power Struggle In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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of Mice and Men Outline: Power Struggle in of Mice and Men I. In Steinbeck's of Mice and Men, he displays material/financial power, and physical power. These prevailing forms of power have their equivalent in the frailty of poverty and physical disability. Three of his main characters Candy, Slim, and Curley, are both directly aligned with one of these categorical descriptions; one with a physical disability, one with physical power, and the other with the upper hand in financial power. Almost all of the characters in Of Mice and Men are dis-empowered in some way. Whether it is from a physical or mental handicap, class, age, gender, or race, they always find themselves outside the structure of social power, and they each suffer greatly from it. II. Candy has a physical disability which is his missing…show more content…
With a diminished ability to do labor, he is downgraded in the social ladder. B. " I ain't much good with on'y one hand. I lost my right hand here on this ranch. That's why they give me a job swampin' " C. Power is shown in a literal way, the greater the physical power, the more social power grows from it. III. Slim presents physical prowess turning into esteem within the community of the ranch. A. He is very successful as a skinner and this ability makes him the most respected member of the community B. "doesn't need to wear no high heel boots" C. Emphasis is placed on Slim's craftsmanship; he does his job exceedingly well which earns his respect from others. IV. Curley and his father occupy a position of power, and the ability to hire and fire men. A. Picks fights with Lennie, displaying the nature of his power and insecurity. B. "Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at em because he ain't a big guy. C. His position in society has encouraged this behavior towards Lennie; his real strength lies not in his fighting ability but his authority to fire any

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