How does George experience conflict in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck?  

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George Milton of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is one of many disenfranchised men of the Great Depression who have been forced to leave their homes and become an itinerant worker, a "bindle stiff," in his effort to find work.  Along with this challenge, George has the responsibility of caring for Lennie who is mentally incapable of living on his own.  As one of two lonely and alienated men, George comes into conflict with other "bindle stiffs" as well as members of the ranch on which they obtain employment.

External Conflicts

  • In Chapter 1, there are some arguments between George and Lennie as the child-like man disobeys George by hiding a mouse in his pocket and asking why they cannot go to the ranch that night as well as insisting that he wants ketchup with his beans.
  • In Chapter 3, the son of the boss, Curley comes into bunkhouse after his wife has been there.  Of course, George has recognized this temptress as a potential problem:

"She's gonna make a mess....She's a jail bait all set on...

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