Of Mice and Men. Gender Race and Power

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Gender, Race, and Power

In todays society, gender and race play a big role in these modern times. This problem is mainly affected towards Hispanics and African Americans because they can't get a job just cause of their ethnicity. When people think of Latinos or African Americans, the first thought is lazy, but in actuality they work for their pay just like everyone else would. The book Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck is a perfect example of these situations. Power is another major issue at hand in the story and in life because power is limited on how it is used. Curley, Curley's wife and Crooks have their own power to what they own but because of their Gender and Ethnicity, they have their own privileges.

Curley was the son of the Boss and because of that he had power over others but didn't have their respect. Curley's power was limited but because he had that power he was pugnacious, and fought with Lennie. The reason he fought with Lennie was because he was slow but when they fought Curley lost. “Curley stepped over to Lennie like a terrier.” “What the hell you laughing at?”... he slashed at Lennie with his left, and then smashed down his nose with a right...Curley's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The nest minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line..”(Steinbeck 62, 63). Curley was aware of Lennie's strength but still decided to fight him and at the end he had his hand broken. Despite Curley's Rage and pugnacious attitude he wasn't well respected because of how he treated the others.

Curley's Wife was pretty but also was a giant flirt with a big ego. Her ego made her some what on the top because she was the boss' sons wife and that gave her authority. Because Curley's wife was a woman she couldn't be bridled with but she could be talked bad about. When Curley's wife went into the barn looking for Curley, she saw Crooks, Lennie, and Candy talking and when she was talking to much, Crooks lost his anger and out spoke. She...
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