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Of Mice and Men - George is the story's main character.

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George: George is the story's main character, a small, quick man with well-defined features. We know this from quotes such as 'a small quick man, dark of face. With strong, sharp features an restless eyes.' These features show us he is very alert but he has to be as he is looking after Lennie. A migrant ranch worker, He is constantly moving ranches because of Lennie. George's dream is to one day save enough money to buy his own place and be his own boss, living off the land. The hindrance to his goal is his mentally handicapped companion, Lennie, with whom he has travelled and worked with for years. George shows how caring and responsible he is by the energy devoted to looking after Lennie, whose blunders prevent George from working toward his dream, or even living the life of a normal rancher. From this, George's conflict arises in Lennie, to whom he has the ties of long-time companionship that he so often yearns to break in order to live the life of which he dreams. This tension strains George into demonstrating various emotions, ranging from frustration to sadness to happiness and to hope. The frustrated side of George is seen when he tells Lennie how good his life could be without him. 'I could be livin' so damn easy.' The sadness that he experiences is clearly after he has shot Lennie, he seems guilty and he had also lost a companion, his only friend. ...read more.


Because of his handicap he is reduced to menial tasks at the ranch. Humble and weary, Candy seems to be very lonely and unhappy after Carlson shoots his last possession and companion, his old, blind dog. 'When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me,' Candy confesses to George and Lennie, hoping for a similar fate as his dog. Candy is not trusted by the ranchers as he is also regarded as inferior because he is crippled 'I wish someone would trust me.' He had also given up all hope of leading a good life and is aware of his eventual fate 'just as soon as I can't swamp out no bunk houses they'll put me on country,' 'I ain't got the poop no more.' But when he overhears the two talking of their little place, Candy offers all his money (compensation) and his services to be in on the dream. His substantial sum of money and the fact that he knows of a place make it impossible for George to refuse him. It rekindles life within him, but it also becomes an obsession, and in his excitement and indignation, he lets the secret slip to both Crooks and Curley's wife. And when Lennie kills Curley's wife and shatters the reality of the dream, Candy becomes hopeless and full of anguish, the broken shell of a man. Slim is not really to blame for his misfortunes as he could not help his accident, it is the ranchers that regard him as inferior which are the social pressures playing a part as they don't make his life any better. ...read more.


She is to blame for her misfortunes; she should not be so flirtatious and cheap. She married Curley to have an easy life, but that was her own decision. She is to blame. Crooks: He is another cripple but he is black as well, which degrades him more. 'Proud, aloof man. He kept his distance and demanded that other people keep theirs.' Crooks is bitter, indignant, angry, and ultimately frustrated by his helplessness as a black man in a racist culture. He is extremely concerned about his rights; he reads the California Civil code and other books so he can be intelligent. Lonely Crooks rants on about his rights when Lennie enters but is secretly happy that some one is visiting him 'You got no right'. He listens to Lennie's talk of the dream of the farm with cynicism. Although tempted by Candy, Lennie, and George's plan to buy their own place, Crooks is constantly reminded (in this case by Curley's wife) 'some bindle stiffs an a nigga' that he is inferior to whites and, out of pride, he refuses to take part in their future farm. He also hates whites as they persecute so often, 'they all stink to me.' Crooks is definitely not to blame for his misfortunes, it is because he is black his life is not valued he has to sleep in a barn. He is persecuted so much that he is in self-contempt. ...read more.

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