Table of Contents Plot Overview Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work.
They hope to one day attain the dream of settling down on their own piece of land. In contrast, the pair also meets Candy, an elderly ranch handyman with one hand and a loyal dog, and Slim, an intelligent and gentle jerkline-skinner whose dog has recently had a litter of puppies.
Slim gives a puppy to Lennie and Candy, whose loyal, accomplished sheep dog was put down by fellow ranch-hand Carlson.
Nevertheless, George feels more relaxed, to the extent that he even leaves Lennie behind on the ranch while he goes into town with the other ranch hands. Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers racially.
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. However, her spiteful side is shown when she belittles them and threatens Crooks to have him lynched.
The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy while stroking it. Lennie becomes frightened, and unintentionally breaks her neck thereafter and runs away.
When the other ranch hands find the corpse, George realizes that their dream is at an end. George hurries to find Lennie, hoping he will be at the meeting place they designated in case he got into trouble.
George meets Lennie at the place, their camping spot before they came to the ranch. He then shoots and kills Lennie, with Curley, Slim, and Carlson arriving seconds after. Only Slim realizes what happened, and consolingly leads him away.
Curley and Carlson look on, unable to comprehend the subdued mood of the two men. Characters I was a bindlestiff myself for quite a spell. I worked in the same country that the story is laid in. The characters are composites to a certain extent. Lennie was a real person.
I worked alongside him for many weeks. He killed a ranch foreman. Got sore because the boss had fired his pal and stuck a pitchfork right through his stomach.
I hate to tell you how many times I saw him do it. His friendship with Lennie helps sustain his dream of a better future. He was bound in teasing Lennie since he was young.My review of John Steinbeck's heartbreaking classic, Of Mice and Men - a tale of friends George and Lennie's search for the American dream.
Of Mice and Men explores themes of friendship and loneliness, of aspirations and of dreams. Lennie, whose character is physically strong but mentally childlike, shares George’s dream of owning a patch.
I didn’t read John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in high school; we read The Pearl instead — and I don’t remember much about it. I wanted to experience Of Mice and Men for myself, but I didn’t expect to be knocked on my ass by its raw power. John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a touching tale of the friendship between two men--set against the backdrop of the United States during the depression of the s.
Subtle in its characterization, the book addresses the real hopes and dreams of working-class America. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck.
Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - review 'Of Mice and Men is a well-known classic, and with valid reason' Scouting for books. Sat 21 Dec EST First published on Sat 21 Dec EST. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck he knows how much he should have valued their friendship.
In conclusion, the ending of the story has one meaning that.