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1

What does the boss wear to show he's richer?

He wears "high-heeled boots and spurs" proves he's not a common ranch worker.

2

How does Curley act just because he's richer?

He says "what the hell you laughin' at?" And "Curley stepped over to Lennie like a terrier" - he's looking for a fight because he knows he won't get into trouble because he's the bosses son.

3

How does the boss and Curley show poverty?

They show poverty because they are richer than other workers

4

How does S. show that crooks is victimised because of this race?

"They play cards in there but I can't play because I'm black"
"You got no right to come into my room. This is my room."

5

Who does crooks show that he's treated like a slave even though he wasn't born one?

He tells Lennie he "ain't no southern negro" and that his "old man had a chicken ranch".

6

What does whitey show?

He shows jobs insecurity and the workers are constantly moving
"Why...he...just quit, the way a guy will."

7

What shows that the ranch workers have limited ambitions due to their social class?

Bill Tenner - idolised for being in "those western magazines ranch men scoff at but secretly believe"

8

How do the minor characters show capitalism turns people against each other?

George and Lennie can old buy the house because the old woman is sick - suffering of others.
Bus driver is "too damn lazy to pull up"

9

How are the minor characters effective to the plot?

Shows poverty in subtle ways, as if it's not something out of the ordinary.

10

Conclusion

Steinbeck is a socialist writer who wants to expose workers who are kept down and keep themselves down due to their social class which causes them to have un-ambition dreams.