Of Mice and Men


Of mice and men is a novel about two men, George Milton and
Lennie Small, who go to work on a ranch in California
together. Lennie is a massive man with incredible strength
but has a child's mind. George is a fairly sized man who is
not incredibly brilliant but has good common sense. The two
men travel from town to town and job to job to just get by
and survive. But they dream of saving up enough money to
someday get a place of their own where they "won't have to
answer to no one" and "live off the fatta the land" Lennie
dreams of having rabbits of his own that he can take care
of all by himself. The ranch they go to work at is in
Soledad, California. When they arrive, they go to their
bunk house, where they meet Candy. Candy is an old,
weathered man who has been working on the ranch for years.
He befriends George and Lennie and they confide to him
their dreams of having their own place. Candy tells them
that he has saved up a descent sum of money and asks if he
can tag along in the adventure if he pays his share.
Another man on the ranch, Slim, gives Lennie a puppy to
play with but Lennie, feebleminded and sweet attempts to
love even the gentlest of creatures, but, as he only has a
childlike understanding of his enormous strength, the
results are often tragic. Curly is the boss's son, and
sensing Lennie's simple mind, he attempts to intimidate and
antagonize him not anticipating his strength. He hits
Lennie because he thinks Lennie is teasing him. Lennie
tries to resist fighting as long as he can but after
suffering many blows to the face from Curly, he grabs
Curly's hand and squeezes it so hard it breaks every bone
in it. Curly's wife is a beautiful woman who is always
lonely and attempts to receive "love" through the attention
of other men. In Curly's seductive wife, Lennie sees a
beautiful and innocent creature, like the small animals he
attempts to love. Though she seeks to take advantage of his
innocence, she cannot know that his strength coupled with
his naivete is, for her, a dangerous combination. She comes
into the barn one day when Lennie has just killed the puppy
given to him by Slim because he played too hard with it.
She discovers the dead dog and consoles Lennie in his loss.
Lennie attempts to pet her hair like the animals he loves.
She asks him to stop so he won't mess it up. Then she cries
angrily "Stop it! You'll mess it all up." Then she screamed
"You stop it!" Lennie, in his panic, put his other hand
over her mouth and nose and begged " Oh, please don't do
that ...please stop" She continued to struggle and Lennie
became angry and flopped her like a fish until he had
broken her neck. Lennie ran. When Curly found his wife he
ordered the other men to find Lennie and kill him. George
knew just where Lennie would be . When George found Lennie,
he took out his gun and shot Lennie in the back of the
head. He knew it would be better for him and for Lennie. 

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