Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, follows the story of two migrant workers named George and Lennie. George takes care of Lennie because he is a little slow and can't take care of himself. Although George gets irritated by all the stupid things Lennie does sometimes, he can't stay mad at him. Lennie is a lovable character because he'll blindly do anything George tells him to do, but he'll get into trouble sometimes by being forgetful. Despite Lennie's mental disabilities, he is an extremely muscular six foot giant. What he lacks in brains he makes up for in muscle. Not much is found out about Lennie's feelings or beliefs other than he loves to pet soft furry animals.
Curley is small and has a jealous hate for anyone real big and strong, no matter how nice they might be. Curley immediately does not like Lennie, and see's him as a big dummy that would be an easy target to relive his anger about his flirtatious wife. However, when Curley picks a fight with Lennie, Lennie ends up grabbing his hand and smashing it all up. The other witnesses force Curley not to get Lennie fired over the indecent and lie about his hand getting smashed in machinery. Later in the book Curley's wife notices the cut marks on Lennie's face and suspects that maybe it wasn't machinery that demolished her husbands hand after all. She however is disappointed in her marriage and the thought of Lennie hurting her husband pleases her. The next day Curley's wife went to go talk with Lennie inside the barn. Lennie starts petting her hair because he likes to pet soft things. At first Curley's wife lets him pet her hair, but when he grabs too tightly she lets out a big yelp which scares Lennie causing him to accidentally snap her neck. Scared, he goes off running into the woods. When the workers at the ranch see what happens they quickly form a lynch party to go and kill Lennie. But before the party finds Lennie George does. Lennie begins telling Lennie of a place where they will be together. A farm with all kinds of rabbits and furry things for Lennie to pet and tend. As George starts to hear the men coming he pulls out a gun and shoots Lennie in the back of the head.
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