Of Mice and Men: Lennie and George

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Of Mice and Men: Lennie and George

Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, is the story of two simple farm hands, Lennie Small, who incidentally, really isn 't very small, and his better half, George Milton, on their quest to have "a place of their own," with plenty of furry bunnies, of course. Sound strange? Read on to get clued in. The book opens along the banks of the Salinas River a few miles south of
Soledad, California. Everything is calm and beautiful, and nature is alive.
The trees are green and fresh, lizards are skittering along, rabbits sit on the sand. There are no people in the scene. Suddenly, the calm is broken. Trouble is in the air. Animals begin to scatter. Two men have arrived on the scene, and the
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This becomes an important theme throughout the book, the idea that all people have dreams, and also that fact that all people need companionship to get along.

Meanwhile, Curley, the arrogant son of the boss, who likes to try and pick on bigger people that he is, was trying to find his wife, and he couldn 't find her anywhere. When he walked into the bunkhouse and saw Lennie grinning, about the dream of the place that they would one day have, of course, he began to hit him, thinking that Lennie was grinning towards him. Lennie did nothing for self defense until George told him to. He then, almost mechanically, reached out and crushed Curley 's hand, with no apparent difficulty at all. This gets Curley all steamed, and would eventually push him over the edge later in the book…

That weekend, everyone is in town but Lennie, Candy, and Crooks, who is a Negro stable keeper who keeps to himself, and has no friends. After being really rude towards Lennie when he tried to walk into his quarters of the bunkhouse, he saw that Lennie was generally friendly, and let he and Candy in.
They talked about their dream of their own place, and Crooks decided he 'd like to join them. He said he 'd work for his keep. They all agreed on it, and now
Crooks too was in on the deal, that is, until Curley 's wife, who is
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