Considered an American Classic and widely read, the story follows two migrant workers, Lennie and George, as they work on a ranch. One result of the Depression was a lack of steady jobs, which resulted in an increase in the number of itinerant workers. Using this as a metaphor for Tobias' relationship with her. She took Lennie in as a child, and on her deathbed asked George to look after Lennie for her. Throughout this essay I will be explaining the different aspects of his character. Indeed, his one major act in the book - when he offers Lennie and George money in order to buy a piece of land with them - is a means by which he can become dependent on them. Curley misinterprets Lennie's innocent laugh, challenges Lennie to a fight, and ends up with a damaged hand when Lennie defends himself.
He is also realistic, a quick thinker, and exasperated with Linnie sometimes. He remains attached to his aging dog, who has become so weak and sickly that it depends entirely on Candy to survive. Two different tales both involving risk. Crooks is secretly happy when Candy and Lennie come to visit him, and even allows himself to momentarily believe that he too will live on their little piece of land. Whether you develop a crush on this novel or not you'll need to get to know the characters and their personalities.
Candy from Of Mice and Men symbolizes the mass of men who cannot retire but are no longer able to work. Lian-Chu asks Gwizdo to tell him about the farm they would live in with many sheep in a similar way to Lennie. The characters are reminiscent of Lennie and George. George George, a ranch hand, is primarily Lennie's caretaker. The Character of Lennie in Of Mice and Men In my opinion, Lennie Small is the most interesting character in Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. Candy and his old dog had the same relationship that George and Lennie had shared for many years. Candy An old, crippled man who has lost his hand, Candy is the swamper at the ranch.
Speaking of the Vaseline-filled glove, pay attention to how often and how variedly Steinbeck references hands in this Chapter and throughout the book. Lennie's greatest difficulty seems to be remembering; and it is the lack of the ability to remember that ultimately leads to his tragedy at the end of the book. In the novel Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck Illustrates human potential and its effects on Lennie Crooks and George. The story portrays the travels and arising problems of two migrant workers who share an uncommon friendship for the time and environment in which the novella is set. Steinbeck fully develops the animal comparison at the end of the novel by drawing a parallel between Candy and his old dog and George and dog-like Lennie. This post is part of the series: Of Mice and Men Study Guide. Carol leads Lizzie outside to talk.
He gives Lennie one of his new litter of puppies to care for. A migrant worker who protects and cares for Lennie. Steinbeck, however, portrays her as more of a victim than a vixen. George takes care of the mentally disabled Lennie; Curley and his wife act as a backdrop for anger, suspicion, conceit and dishonesty, and Slim and Candy play characters that interact with Lennie and George within this setting. The story is set on a ranch a few miles from in the. The book was written during the Great Depression, a time when jobs, money, and security were scarce for most Americans. Curley wears a left glove full of Vaseline to keep the hand soft for his wife, whom the old man thinks is a tart.
For a while, Candy was not lonely because he had his shepherd dog to keep him occupied and to fight off loneliness. A proud and bitter man, Crooks has a cynical intelligence and a contemptuous demeanor that he uses to prevent others from inevitably excluding him because of his race. . He is described as proud and aloof, but readers get the sense that Crooks acts aloof due to aching loneliness. Before we get to that, though, let's give you a bit of background about the story and author. He alone realizes, at the end of the novel, the reason for George's decision.
Analysis The novel as a whole, and this chapter in particular, shares many elements with stage drama. People have to talk the way listeners like. In the story more characters come into play including a nice old man named candy who has been working on the farm for many years. Much like in all three books, 'Of Mice and Men, ' 'Paul 's case, ' and Robert Frost 's 'Mending Wall. Proud, bitter, and caustically funny, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. The two dream of earning enough money to buy a small farm where Lennie can tend rabbits.
He is curious about George always answering for Lennie and thinks that something suspicious is going on. Curley enters again and confronts George, asking if his wife has been around. Everybody in this world needs companions to build relationships with each other, relationships are a necessity for one to live a normal and healthy life. These men are George Milton and Lennie Small. Ruth, a woman in the line of Jesus, is found in the book of Ruth. In the story George takes care of Lennie, who cannot care for himself. Lennie — the loyal friend of George.
For instance, only after Slim agrees that Candy should put his decrepit dog out of its misery does the old man agree to let Carlson shoot it. The formula was so successful that it was used again and again in subsequent shorts, notably 's 1952 , 1953 and ' 1961. With the use of his strength, e. Even though all the ranch hands praise Lennie for his hard. It is in this setting that the novel reveals that the main theme is death and loss. In both stories, tragedy is foreshadowed whether it be from previous sinister events or the tone of the novel transitioning to a more somber one. Lennie's friend, George gives the big man advice and tries to watch out for him, ultimately taking responsibility for not only his life but also his death.
The bunkhouse is a simple building with as little money spent on it as possible and no effort to make it comfortable for the workers living there. William Tenner A former worker at the ranch who drove a cultivator, Whit shows Carlson a magazine that has a letter to the editor that Bill Tenner has written. The only character in the novel who is given no name, she is Curley's possession. No one with an attitude like his deserves or may earn friends or relationships. The atmosphere of Chapter Two is immediately hostile and uncomfortable: George suspects that his bed is infested, the Boss suspects that George and Lennie are trying to pull a fast one, Candy is miserable and decrepit, Curley is looking for a fight, Curley's wife is vamping around suspiciously.