Short Summary of Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men.

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John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men chronicles the brief experiences of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, on a ranch in Soledad, California during the 1930s. Both George and Lennie are close friends, who travel throughout the United States looking for work on farms. George is portrayed as an intense, intelligent man, who takes care of his mentally disabled friend, Lennie. Shortly after they arrive at the ranch, they are confronted by the boss's aggressive son, who immediately intimidates Lennie and poses a threat to both men. Steinbeck then introduces the characters of Candy, Carlson, Crooks, and Slim, who all work on the ranch. Slim is depicted as the wisest man on the farm and ends up giving Lennie one of his puppies.

The men on the ranch spend the majority of their time working and daydreaming about owning their own property. Curley's lonely wife begins to flirt with the men, and George warns Lennie to stay away from her. Lennie then...

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