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Anger and Violence By Shannon and Matt : ) Curley Curley is the most violent character in the book, whenever he shows up there is a feeling of tension. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Anger and Violence

Anger and Violence
  • By Shannon and Matt )

  • Curley is the most violent character in the book,
    whenever he shows up there is a feeling of
  • Candy tells Lennie and George that Curley always
    picks on big guys. This is because he has a
    Napoleon complex in which he feels the need to
    prove himself to make up for his lack of height.
    This is why he is always ready for a fight.
  • For example, Curley picks on Lennie in chapter
    three of Of Mice and Men and Lennie covered
    his face with huge paws and bleated with terror.
  • His violent nature is also evident at the end of
    the book when he wants to shoot (Lennie) him
    in the guts!. Killing Lennie is the only way he
    sees to prove himself after losing the fight,
    its not about avenging his wifes death.

  • Carlson is associated with violence as he is not
    phased by killing Candy's dog, he even cleans the
    gun in front of Candy which shows how insensitive
    he is.
  • I ought to of shot that dog myself George. I
    shouldnt of let no stranger shoot my dog. This
    shows that Carlson doesnt think anything of
    taking a life, even when it does wrong by others.
  • Carlson is also quick to join Curleys gang at
    the end of the novel and go after Lennie to kill
  • Perhaps for Carlson, violence and getting rid of
    weak animals is his way of getting kicks and
    feeling powerful - which of course he isnt
    really, hes just a migrant worker.

  • Compared to the other characters Lennie reveals
    an unintentional violence he never intends to
    hurt people.
  • He doesnt even think to fight back when Curley
    attacks him. Lennie covered his face with huge
    paws and bleated with terror.
  • But when he does fight back he does so with
    immense force and someone always gets hurt, e.g.
    Curley, the puppy and Curleys Wife.
  • Lennie has little control over his strength. We
    can see this when he accidentally kills the pup
    by slapping it, then minutes later he snaps
    Curleys wife's neck.
  • He does tend to be his most violent though when
    hes angry he kills the puppy when he gets
    angry with it and Curleys Wife when he gets
    angry at her screaming.

  • Even though George kills Lennie he does it with
    love and the best intentions because he wants to
    end Lennies soon-to-come pain and suffering if
    Curley gets hold of him. George tells Lennie that
    he's not mad and tells him about the dream, to
    reassure him. He also kills Lennie in a way so
    that Lennie doesnt realise what he's doing.

  • you an me .everybody gonna be nice to you.
    Aint gonna be no more trouble. Nobody's gonna
    hurt nobody or steal from nobody No Lennie, I
    aint mad, Ive never been mad and I aint now.
    Thats a thing I want you to know. And George
    raised the gun and steadied it and he brought the
    muzzle of it close to the back of Lennies head.
    His hand shock violently but his face set and his
    hand steadied. He pulled the trigger and the
    crash of the shot rolled up the hills and rolled
    down again. Lennie jarred and then settled
    slowly forward to the sand and lay without
    quivering. George shivered and looked at the gun
    and then he threw it from him, back up on the
    bank near the pile of old ash.

Crooks is very lonely as he lives in the barn by
himself because of his skin colour. This makes
him very angry as he cant take part in any of
the group activities and is used for
entertainment. spose you didnt have nobody,
spose you couldnt go into the bunk house and
play rummy cause you was black howd you like
that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read
books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got
dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't
no good. A guy needs somebody - to be near him. A
guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make
no difference who the guy is, long's he's with
you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely
an' he gets sick.
Crooks gets angry in chapter 4 with Curleys Wife
and Lennie because they are two people he can get
angry with as he sees them as equals (outcasts).
His anger is displayed verbally unlike the other
men who display it physically in their actions.
  • Candy is one of the least violent characters on
    the farm. In chapter 5 we see Candy lose his
    temper with Curleys Wife when he finds her dead
    in the barn as he realises that the dream is
  • This shows he isn't courageous in any way as the
    only person he takes his anger out on is a dead

Curleys wife
  • Curleys Wife is angry because she is the only
    woman on the ranch and she isnt given any
    attention. She has no friends, shes in a
    loveless marriage and shes lonely.
  • Curleys wife doesnt show her anger in front of
    George, Slim, Carlson and Curley. However, when
    we are in Crooks room in the barn with Lennie,
    Candy and Crooks she shows her anger. This is
    because of her power due to her status on the
    ranch, so she can easily over power him." I could
    string you up in a tree it aint even funny".
  • She also overpowers Candy because he hasnt got
    both hands so he isnt really needed round the
    ranch. All it takes is for her to say something.
  • She therefore uses them to vent her anger because
    she knows there will be no consequences.

Why might there be a lot of violence in Of Mice
  • We think that there might be a lot of violence
    Of Mice Men as the book is full of all men
    trying to make a living in the middle of a
    depression and the wall street crash every man
    for himself.
  • Also, because times were tough, people were
    treated badly and nobody had friends so they
    would become very frustrated and this would be
    displayed with anger.

How do they display their anger ?
  • People on the ranch take their anger out on each
    other but the only take it out on people that
    they feel are lesser than them.
  • They do so in different ways though
  • Candy, Crooks, George verbally
  • Curley, Lennie, Carlson physically

What does the anger violence help to represent?
  • It helps to represent the hard lifestyle of a
    migrant worker living though the depression. This
    books makes people see the truth of a normal day
    as a worker on a ranch.

What point do you think Steinbeck was trying to
make by including this theme?
We think Steinbeck was trying to put the point
across that in the 1930s life was hard and
people quite often got frustrated as their life
didnt always go smoothly.