Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

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Novel Summary

Two workers known as George and Lennie are let off a bus from a farm in California where they are due to start work. George happens to be a small dark man, and Lennie is the complete opposite of him with a shapeless face. Some things are a little difficult because it is clear that Lennie has a mental disability. Good fortune smiles upon them greatly when they get great work near a ranch at soledad. It also features their co-workers candy crooks and curley a man who is not faithful with his anger management problems. Because of Lennies child like mentality, they cannot hold a job long enough to get what they need done.


George and Lennie have dreams about owning a farm. Although it crumbles in failure. Lennie's disability makes him thought of as a child. Unless a man is a itinerant worker while the Great Depression is going on, he just about as lonely as you can be. Also lennie is a child trapped in a strong and powerful mans body.


Chapter 1, page 7:

“I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail.”
- George

Chapter 3, page 56:

“How long’s it gonna be till we get the little place an’ live off the fatta the lan’ –an tend the rabbits?”
- Lennie

Chapter 3, page 61:

“I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t of ought to let no stranger shoot my dog.”
- Candy

John Steinbeck

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American novelist who portrayed the plight of migrant workers during the great depression.