Of Mice And Men

By: John Steinbeck

Novel Summary

A hard working, and caring smart man named George with his pal Lennie who is a big child but also pure strength set off on a quest to make enough money to have their own ranch. after leaving there old job in weed due to complications caused by lennie they arrive in Soledad at their new ranch job. things start off well and lennie with his love of soft things gets a puppy to care for. well once the only lady on the ranch talks to lennie he gets to feeling her hair and she doesn't like how it's getting messed up and he grabs her but accidentally kills her. so lennie runs off and george has to make a life altering decision to help lennie and run or stop these complications they have to keep dealing with and he chooses to end them but it's the best for both of them and comes to a nice ending for this marvelous story.

Theme Analysis

The major theme of the book is the beauty of a dream. George and Lennie dream of owning a farm that they can call their own and where Lennie can raise rabbits and stay out of trouble. Both of them always keep their dream in front of them. Lennie even always asks George to repeat the dream over and over. George, himself, refuses to spend any money, because he is saving every dime to buy the land. The dream keeps both of the working and it also keeps them close.

Character Development

Important Quote

"I wish i could put you in a cage with about a million mice an' let you have fun. His anger left him suddenly. He looked across the fire at Lennies anguished face, and then he looked ashamed at the flames." (Steinbeck, 89)