Of Mice & Men

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Of Mice & Men

This novel is set on the Californian Grain Farms in the 1930's. The town is called Soledad
and is four miles south of San Jose. The inspiration for the book probably came from a
poem by Robert Burns. The poem was about the plans of mice and men going wrong. The book
generally is about all of the migrant workers, all with their own dreams. The main
characters George and Lennie go from farm to farm, trying to work up a stake and save
enough to buy their own farm. The other characters in the book are also all lonely in
their own way. Crooks is black and the blacks are seen as outcasts. Curley's wife is a
woman and therefore insignificant, perhaps this is why she has not been given a name.
Candy has become old, and without his hand is next to useless.

George is a typical migrant worker. He's not particularly strong, but he's smart and good
at his job. The difference between him and the rest of the workers is that he has someone
to call a friend. Lennie is the opposite of George in every physical way. He's much taller
and better built, and consequently an amazing worker. Unfortunately for him and George he
is not very intelligent. George enjoys going to brothels, getting drunk and generally
wasting his money. Lennie adores animals and he likes to pet them. He forgets how strong
he is and usually kills them. They both share the dream of one day owning their own farm.
George wants freedom to work how he wants, and Lennie wants to tend the rabbits.

There is a very strong bond between the two. Lennie looks up to George and has a great
amount of respect and admiration. Lennie could not survive without him. George feels sorry
for Lennie but finds him almost impossible to deal with, because he always gets them into
trouble. Although George would not admit it, he also needs Lennie. Lennie is the on who
attracts the bosses, because of his capability. George is just an average worker, and only
gets jobs because he controls Lennie. They both grew up in auburn. George knew Lennie's
aunt who was taking care of Lennie, and when she died, George took over.

Candy is an old man who has been at the ranch for some time. He can remember people who
have come and gone previously. He doesn't do much on the ranch, but he can do small odd
jobs about the place. He has lost his hand in an accident, which makes him even less
useful. The others do not hate him, he just gets left out because he is old. He has a
companion, his dog, whose life parallels his. The dog was once a sheepdog, but has aged
and now is only kept around because he is liked. The others all agree that the best thing
for the dog is to shoot it. Candy fears the same, but when he hears of George and Lennie's
plan to have their own farm, he offers the a considerable amount of money if they will let
him come with, so he will have a purpose once again.

Crooks is the stable buck. He is different from the rest because he is black, in a time
where racial prejudice is strong. He has also been crippled, and so his life is very bad.
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