John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men explores how Power affect different characters in the novel.
This theme begins to show on the character of Curley, which shows that the more power Curley has the more likely it will affect his relationships with others.
"Won ever get canned 'cause his old man's the boss. (27)
The theme continues with Curley bursting into the bunk house to look for his wife.
"Curley just spoilin' or he wouldn't start for Slim." (54)
As the novel continues, The theme expands to the character of Curley's wife in which is showing that she has power and not the other workers.
"Nobody'd listen to you and you know it." (81)
This shows that Curley has power due to the fact his father is the boss, however that does not mean Curley does not have right to controll the other workers. It also shows that his father 's the boss not Curley.
As The novel ends, The theme of power get less tension in the story line. In which Curley doesn't give mercy to avenge the death of his wife.
"That big son of a bitch done it"(96)
This shows that Curley has no trust in the other workers being near his wife. This illustrates that Curley tends to not give mercy to anyone near his wife, thus showing that Curley has the power to tell his father to fire his workers.
This illustrates that Curley's wife is showing her power to the other workers by showing that the workers have no rights to tell the boss about the way she is abusing power.
This illustrates that Curley will always resort to violence whenever anything doesn't go his way. This also proves that Curley was already mad about his broken arm that he has to deal with the death of his wife. Overall having power will make you happy in the short term, but not in the long term.