Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

In, Of Mice and Men, there two main characters, George and Lennie. Lennie is described to be a mentally unstable large muscular man. While George is described to be a small, skinny, weak person. George looks after Lennie and they both dream of owning a ranch. They decide to work at ranch and find one. There are new characters and are introduced as minor characters, Carlson, Slim, Candy, Crooks, Curley, and Curley's wife. When the two get to the ranch Lennie sees Curley's wife. Curley sees Lennie checking out his wife and becomes very jealous. Later after Lennie and George are hired, Curley starts to bully/fight Lennie. George tells Lennie to get him and he crushes Curley's hand. There are new pups and Lennie gets one as a gift. Everyone but, Lennie, Crooks, and Candy leave the ranch. Crooks is described as an African American male that is treated unfairly. He doesn't get a bunkhouse like the others instead he sleeps in the barn he works in. Lennie walks into the barn to check on his pup and Crooks is up reading a book when he is in there. Crooks and Lennie start to talk when Crooks asks Lennie a question. What will you do if George never comes back? Lennie becomes scared and can only say he will never do that. Later everyone is back to the ranch and working again. Lennie and Curley's wife are in the barn together and she knows Lennie likes to pet soft things and she let him pet her hair. Lennie begins to pet it and can't stop. He eventually breaks her neck and is now dead. Candy finds Curley's wife there and tells Curley and George. Curley is upset and gets a group of people, including George, to kill Lennie. They ask George where Lennie would be going and George told them the wrong place on purpose. George heads back to the ranch and takes Candy's gun out of his bunkhouse. George then heads to where it all started to find Lennie crying on his knees. The two talk for a while and George eventually shoots Lennie in the back of the head.