Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
Setting: south of San Francisco in the Salinas Valley of California; probably during the Depression of the 1930s; three specific locations – along the banks of the Salinas River near the ranch, in the ranch bunk house, and in the barn

Background Information:
George Milton has cared for his mentally slow friend, Lennie Small, since the death of Lennies Aunt Clara. They travel together to work a various amount of jobs so that one day they will have enough money to live on their own and be their own bosses. Unfortunately, every time they have a job, Lennie gets into some trouble which forces them to run away. This time, they are running from a town called Weed to a ranch where they could work as ranch hands.

Major characters:
George Milton: the small, sharp – witted ranch hand who travels with Lennie, George is a typical, realistic hand who uses his mind to anticipate the future

Lennie Small: a physically large man whose mind is slow; he has a short attention span and acts similar to a child; because of his mental limitations, Lennie never could understand or anticipate the consequences of his actions; travels with and is cared for by George

Slim: a wise, well – respected ranch hand whose word is law; master craftsman who knows things without being told
Carlson: ranch hand who is the exact opposite of Slim; coarse and insensitive, Carlson does not understand the feelings of those around him
Candy: the ranch hand who wanted to join the dream of George and Lennie, Candys one faithful companion was his dog; anticipates the bleakness of the futures of all the other ranch

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