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Summarize the plot of the novel, Of Mice and Men.
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John Steinbeck's short story "Of Mice and Men" is a tale about two men, George and Lennie. The story takes place during the depression era. Lennie is a mentally disabled man who is large in stature and is loyal to George. George has known Lennie since childhood and has become his caregiver and companion. George is physically smaller than Lennie and intelligent. The two men form a dream of one day owning their own farm where they will raise crops and Lennie can have rabbits to raise.
The men have had to leave a work place where Lennie has gotten into trouble. Lennie has a need to pet things that are soft and furry. He does not understand his own strength or the permanence of death. He has a history of petting animals too hard and causing them to die. He carries a small dead mouse around in his pocket so that he can still pet it. He hides this action from George because he knows it will upset him.
Prior to entering the next ranch, where they hope to find work, George sets up a special meeting place where Lennie is to go and hide waiting for George if any trouble should arise. The two obtain jobs on the ranch. At the ranch Lennie befriends Candy, an old one-handed ex-ranch hand that has now been reduced o working at demeaning tasks. Lennie’s stories about George and his idea to own their own ranch installs hope in Candy and a black man working on the ranch.
Slim, the ranch foreman gives Lennie a puppy. On the ranch is the owner’s son Curly who is a jealous and cruel man. He has a young wife who Lennie meets and befriends. Lennie accidentally kills her while feeling her hair. Curley organizes a party of men to go after him and hang him. Lennie runs and hides at the pre-established hiding place. George finds him first. In order to spare Lennie from the torture and terror at the hands of Curly and his men, he shoots Lennie and kills him.
Posted by mkcapen1 on December 13, 2009 at 8:40 AM (Answer #1)
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