Of Mice And Men


Kubhaer Jethwani; R337

Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck

This classic is set in 1930\'s California and tells of an unlikely pair of optimistic laborers who work the dusty vegetable fields of California. Their names are Lennie Small and George Milton... with George being the leader. Lennie is a man of tremendous size, but due to a mental shortcoming had the mind of a young child. George on the other hand was "small and quick and dark of face".
The book joins our characters on their way to a new job on a ranch in the Salinas Valley. They are hot and tired and bothered after being duped by a bus driver into walking about four miles. At this point they stop for a drink and a rest at a little at a watering hole (the Salinas River actually). At this point we discover that Lennie has a weakness for soft things.. i.e mice and this had caused them to be ran out of Weed, a town upstate, after Lennie had grab the hold of a womans dress and refused to let go. The woman then thought she was being attacked and the townsfolk sent a lynch mob after George and Lennie. They managed to escpae after hiding in a drain pipe that whole day. This incident greatly angers George because it lost them their job and out their dreams one step further away.
Their goal was to own a shack and an acre of land that they can call their own and to live of the "fat of the land\' and Lennie wanted to rasie rabbits. This telling of the their dream was greatly loved by Lennie.. especially and only when George told it to him (altough he knew it word from word). George also blames his current situation of down and out luck on Lennie because he has to always keep a look out on his behalf. Knowing that there was a great possibility that something like the incident in Weed would happen in the new ranch, George tells Lennie to run like the wind and return to this place near the water and hide in the bushes for George to come.
After spending a night at the riverbank... Lennie and George head up to the ranch where they had found work. Post being introduced to their quarters and some of their bunk mates.. they meet the boss and they excecute the tension filled process of the interview for the job. George does most if not all of the talking obviosly for fear of Lennie saying something that would cost them the emplyment which they badly needed. Luckily, they manage to land the jobs. Not long after, Lennie has his first run in with Curley , the bosses son but nothing happens. They learn about Curley\'s tarty wife and her exploits with the "eye" and George realises that the potential touble makers are Curley and his wife.. they both could make Lennie do something bad and George warns Lennie about this. The following scences are insignificant introductions to the smaller less important characters.
They feel their dreams start to materialise after Candy decides and is allowed to join them. While they discuss the financial aspects of purchasing the land, the rest of the bunkers come in the form of Slim and Carlson along with Curley. There was a disagreement between Slim and Curley and he (Curley ) hadd all this mounted stress and tension that he unloaded onto Lennie for no reason. After a few minutes of passive resistance to Curley\'s beatings and George\'s encouragement to hit him back, Lennie grabs a hold of Curley\'s fist and breaks it. This was their last confrontation as Curley had no choice but to back down or be emabarrased. Everyone except Lennie then decides to go to Soledad ( a nearby town) to help Curley fix up his hand and Lennie goes to have a chat with Crooks, the black stable-boy about the precious puppies, one of which had been given to Lennie by Slim.
The next day is the moment of truth.. sitting alone in a barn, mourning the death of his puppy which he killed because it tried to bite him, Lennie is approached by Curley\'s wife. Remembering