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Plot Outline: The events of Of Mice and Men begin with the two main characters, George and Lennie

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Introduction

A Longer Short Form: Of Mice and Men Four main characters: 1. George - Even though George is described as being short in stature, his strong personality more than makes up for his vertical ineptitude. He is responsible for his friend Lennie's safety as they travel to and finally work at the ranch. George is filled with the desire to own his own piece of land and farm it with Lennie. George continuously tells Lennie about his dream because Lennie, because of his retardation, has the ardent curiosity of a child. 2. Lennie - Lennie is a big, slightly retarded, awkward man who is dependent on his close friend George for protection and guidance. Lennie's love of petting soft things and underestimation of his strength leads to disaster. 3. Slim - Slim is the farm's mule driver. He is both an authority figure and a greatly respected man. The farm hands, from time to time, ask him for advice and they eagerly await his answers. He is quite impressed by the loyalty between George and Lennie because he thinks that no on in the world cares about anyone else. 4. Curley - The respectable Boss's son, he embodies all that his father is not: he is cruel and merciless towards the ranch-hands. ...read more.

Middle

Near the end of the novel, most of the ranch-hands have gone to the local brothel and Lennie is left alone in the barn. Curly's wife enters and talks with Lennie. Knowing that he is slightly mentally retarded, she has no qualms with telling him exactly what is on her mind even though she is of a much higher class in the ranch caste system. Lennie mentions to her that he loves to touch soft things and she offers him the chance to touch her hair. When he does, he pulls a little too hard and she screams. Trying to stop her from screaming, he covers her mouth but this only makes her scramble about, trying to get free. Lennie finally resorts to shaking her body until she becomes quiet, then he realizes that she is dead. Lennie knows that he did wrong and leaves for the bush in the clearing. George meets up with him, not angry but accepting, and starts to calm Lennie by telling him his favorite story of the farm they are going to own someday. George then takes out a gun and shoots Lennie out of mercy. Symbols: 1. ...read more.

Conclusion

This sadly proves that the bitter Crooks is right: that such paradises of freedom, happiness, and safety are not found in this world. Four short quotations: 1. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want" - George pages 11 - 12 2. "I ain't got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin' to fight all the time. . . 'Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him" - George page 45 3. "I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would" - George page 103 4. "Never you mind. A guy got to sometimes" - Slim page 117 1 Of Mice and Men: Style. <http://www.enotes.com/ofmice/27771/print> 2 Of Mice and Men. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/micemen/themes.html> ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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