John Steinbeck – Of Mice And Men

John Steinbeck– Of Mice And Men

Setting: South of San Francisco in the Salinas Valley of California; probably throughout the depression of the 1930’s; three locations-along the banks of the Salinas River near the ranch, in the ranch bank house, and in the barn.

Background information: George Milton has actually cared for his mentally sluggish good friend. Lennie Small, Considering that the death of Lennie’s Auntie Clara. They travel together to work a various amount of tasks so that one day they will have adequate cash to live on their own and be their own employers. Each time they have a job, Lennie enters into some difficulty which requires them to escape. This time, they are ranging from a town called Weed to a ranch where they could work as cattle ranch hands.

Major Characters:

George Milton: The small, sharp-ranch hand who takes a trip with Lennie, George is a common, sensible hand who utilizes his mind to approach future obstacles.

Lennie Small: A physically large male whose mind is slow; he has a short attention span and acts like a child. Lennie never ever might comprehend the repercussions of his actions, travels with and is looked after by George.

Slim: A smart, well-respected cattle ranch hand whose word is law; master artisan who knows things without being told.

Carlson: Cattle ranch hand who is the specific opposite of Slim; coarse and insensitive, Carlson does not comprehend the sensations of those around him.

Candy: The cattle ranch hand who wished to sign up with the dream of George and Lennie, Candy’s one faithful companion was his pet dog; awaits the bleakness of the future of all the other ranch hands.

Scoundrels: Names for his jagged body; proud and independent Negro who also is a castaway on the ranch; bitter against racial discrimination versus him, but Lennie and crooks accepted each other as time goes on; also wishes to join Lennie and George’s dream.

Curley: The wicked boy of the boss, Curley is little, vicious bully who teases those smaller than he is and tries to daunt those bigger than he is.

Curley’s Better half: The bitter spouse of Curley attempts to seduce the ranch hands; she has a mean streak and is a vehicle for spreading evil.


The American Dream: George and Lennie dream to be able to own a location of their own and be their own employers.

Isolation: Sweet’s only companion, his dog, is killed.

Relationship: George shooting Lennie to assist him get away from a brutal lynching.

Innocence: Lennie’s not understanding why he should not go into Scoundrel’s room.

Discrimination: Criminals, as a ranch castaway, lives in a space all alone.


— Individuals need others to talk to, to make it through( Crooks statement about requiring somebody or going bananas, the attachment of scoundrels and sweet to the imagine Lennie and George share, Curley’s wife seduction of the ranch hands as a buffer versus isolation.)

— A man’s ability to dream is straight attached to having someone to share the dream with. (George releases the dream after Lennie is eliminated.)

— In some cases, although it’s not what you desire, you have to do what’s best for you and those you love (George shoots his friend, Lennie so that Lennie and get away a ruthless lynching.

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