Recently married, Curley is plagued with jealous suspicions and is extremely possessive of his flirtatious young wife. As harvests failed year after year thanks to a poorly-timed drought, more landowners migrated in search of work.
Instead, he asks if he and George can still purchase the farm without Lennie. Good fortune smiles upon them briefly when they get work at a ranch near Soledad, California.
Euthanasia is a hotly debated political and moral question, and Shmoop likes to remain studiously neutral on these topics. The wife, bored and starved for attention, confides in Lennie and allows him to stroke her soft hair. He convinces Candy to put the dog out of its misery.
Finally, George shows up. Lennie is left with Crooks, the lonely, black stable-hand, and Candy. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play.
I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. In his attempt to silence her, he accidentally breaks her neck.
Though deeply saddened at the death of his longtime companion, Candy says later that he should have shot his dog himself, instead of letting a stranger do it. A young ranch hand. When they try to get her to leave, she professes her own loneliness and makes a deliberate attempt to talk to Lennie, but she is driven away by the return of the other ranch hands.
I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick. The next day, Sunday, Lennie returns to the barn to pet his puppy. Lennie may have been big, dumb, and annoying, but he also made George special. It reads rather quickly, and it should take the average reader fewer than four hours to complete.
Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden.
The only signs of man are a worn footpath beaten hard by boys going swimming and tramps looking for a campsite, piles of ashes made by many fires, and a limb "worn smooth by men who have sat on it.
Slim is greatly respected by many of the characters and is the only character whom Curley treats with respect.
George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse. Lennie possesses the greatest physical strength of any character, which should therefore establish a sense of respect as he is employed as a ranch hand.
Read an in-depth analysis of Crooks. Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. As he hears the others nearing, he helps Lennie imagine, for the last time, their dream farm.
Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers racially. Candy is lonely after his dog is gone. Themes In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme.
Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. The next day, the men report to the nearby ranch.
Read an in-depth analysis of Lennie. He is never named and appears only once, but seems to be a fair-minded man. As the men back at the ranch discover what has happened and gather together a lynch party, George joins Lennie. We see and hear what we need to see and hear, but nothing more than that.
They are men who are not used to being around women, so their conversation is a little "salty. Candy finds them and they discuss their plans for the farm with Crooks, who cannot resist asking them if he can hoe a garden patch on the farm albeit scorning its possibility.
We learn that Curley also has a new wife, who no one is allowed to look at not her rule—she loves male attention. Steinbeck also writes colloquially, meaning he writes just as his characters in this novel, these ranch hands would talk.
When George arrives, he comforts his friend. However, in the contest of this novel, it seems pretty clear that killing Lennie is the right thing to do, and that George is manning up by pulling the trigger. Slim warns Curley that if he tries to get George and Lennie fired, he will be the laughingstock of the farm.
He is described by Steinbeck in the novel as "small and quick," every part of him being "defined," with small strong hands on slender arms. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck's choosing of the title Of Mice and Men was derived from this poem To a Mouse and deliberately misses out the rest of the verse The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley, an' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain for promis'd joy!.
This is virtually the whole story - The shattered dream, the grief and pain instead of the promised plan. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Home / Literature / Of Mice and Men / Of Mice and Men Summary. BACK; NEXT ; Of Mice and Men en Español.
How It All Goes Down. Lennie and George are best friends on a road trip, but this isn't that fun kind of road trip with wacky adventures. They're broke and looking for work on the farms of Northern.
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Home / Literature / Of Mice and Men / Characters / Character Analysis. Poetry. Adams, Kate, Bright Boat, 69; Adamshick, Carl, Everything That Happens Can Be Called Aging, 91; Adamshick, Carl, Tender, 91; Adamson, Christopher, J.
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