Of Mice & Men is a great novella it puts the readers right into the setting, on each and every single page is written in such great detail. George, the wise man, takes care of Lennie since Lennie is not that bright. Lennie has his characteristics though, he is a very strong man who can lift bales of hay by himself with ease where two other men often struggle carrying all that hay. George is the leader in this friendship. Lennie is that type of person who always gets into trouble. Lennie doesn’t get into trouble on purpose. He is not a troublemaker, he is just isn’t bright enough to tell what is right from wrong. He also is even more incapable to make a decision when he panics or when the other person is screaming or making him uneasy.
George excessively tells Lennie not to talk to Curley’s wife because all Curley’s wife wants to do is cause trouble in the ranch. Lennie in the most part is true to his word to ignore Curley’s wife. He sometimes even hides from her. This last time Curley’s wife gets Lennie by surprise. Lennie is already nervous and scared because he has just finished killing his new puppy that Slim gave to him. Lennie and the pup were playing, and the puppy bit Lennie. That’s when Lennie hit the puppy with so much force that the puppy died immediately due to Lennie’s hit.
“Lennie said, “Oh! That’s nice,” and he stroked harder. “Oh, that’s nice.”
Of Mice and Men I aint got no people, George said. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That aint no good. They dont have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get want in to fight all the time (41). A major theme in Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men is loneliness. The characters George, Lennie, Candy and Curleys wife each suffer from loneliness even though their isolation ...
“Look out, now, you’ll muss it.” And then she cried angrily, “You stop it now, you’ll mess it all up.” She jerked her head sideways, and Lennie’s fingers closed on her hair and hung on. “Let go,” she cried. “You let go!”(91).
This is a great example of one of the many typical, innocent mistakes that Lennie makes. This is where George shows his great amount of patience for Lennie and tries to understand and cooperate with Lennie even though deep down inside George knows he has to run away from something real great (like his ranch job) again because of Lennie keeps on getting into trouble. During this time when everybody is trying to find Lennie George finds the spot where he tells Lennie to be and that is where George shot Lennie in the back of the head while George was telling Lennie his story on how their hard work would pay off for they can buy their land and animals to live happily ever after on the fat of their land.
In the middle of the novella George gains trust from Slim and tells the disadvantages of taking care of Lennie. George tells Slim when Lennie touches the girl in the beautiful red dress. Lennie, being so big and strong, is already at a disadvantage because naturally the girl is afraid of Lennie. The girl doesn’t know how innocent and childish Lennie is. Then when Lennie finally touches the beautiful soft red dress the girl is shouting, screaming for her life. This comes unnatural to Lennie because Lennie never means any harm he just enjoys touching soft things.
“Well, he seen this girl in a red dress. Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever’thing he likes. Just wants to feel it. So he reaches out to feel this red dress an’ the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he hold on ‘cause that’s the only thing he can think to do. Well, this girl squawks and squawks. I was jus’ a little bit off, and I heard all the yellin’, so I comes running, an’ by that time Lennie’s so scared all he can think to do is jus’ hold on. I socked him over the head with a fence picket to make him let go. He was so scairt he couldn’t let go of that dress. And he’s so God damn strong, you know”(41).
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Setting: South of San Francisco in the Salinas Valley of California; probably during 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 info: George Milton has cared for his mentally slow friend. Lennie Small, Since the death of Lennie's Aunt Clara. They travel ...
The outcome to Lennie’s mishap is that George and Lennie are now at the ranch. They notice a lot of problems in the ranch. Right from the start they don’t like the ranch. The boss doesn’t seem too pleasant, and Candy is telling all the bad things about each individual worker in the ranch especially the temper and the jealousy that Curley has. Curley being jealous of big strong people since Curley is so small. Lennie seemed to have all the disadvantages because he doesn’t know how to make his own decisions. Lennie is not comfortable being in this position. So, the first moment that George was alone he told Lennie to stay clear away from Curley and his wife.
George is a very moral character. He shows good morals through out the whole book. He has lots of patience keeping care of Lennie. He also has to change his life in order to care for Lennie. He can’t be the average single man like he wants to be instead he cares for Lennie. George acts like a father to Lennie, always trying to give his son advice. He also tells Lennie if you get into trouble a safe place to hide. Then when Candy previously had somebody kill his old dog he regrets having somebody killing his dog. That told George that no one was going to kill Lennie. If all the guys were chasing Lennie George would have to be the person to kill Lennie. They just had too much pride for each other and Lennie just pulled his last straw out of the bale.