The book generally is about all of the migrant workers, all with their own dreams. The main characters George and Lennie go from farm to farm, trying to work up a stake and save enough to buy their own farm one day. On their latest job they go to work on a farm after having to run away from their old town Weed. George is a typical migrant worker.
The main themes are the impossibility of achieving the American dream and the impenetrable nature of male friendships. The world that the characters live in is well described by Steinbeck and made to be relate-able even though the problems they face are perhaps more involved then most of us have to deal with.
It becomes clear from early on that Lennie, a loping giant of a man, has a mental disability and that George, smaller and more wiry, is not only his friend but something of a protector. When the book opens, the two men are on their way to a new ranch in another part of California to work.
However, the bus driver taking them there mistakenly dropped them off in the wrong place and now they have quite a distance to walk before they get there. As they walk, the men discuss their dream of owning their own farm where they can raise food, livestock and keep rabbits.
Lennie is most interested in the rabbits as he has a fascination with petting soft things. George and Lennie decide to camp in a clearing for the night and have a bean supper after which George tells Lennie that if anything goes wrong while working at the ranch he is to return to that clearing and hide in the bushes so he can be safe while waiting for George to come find him.
The next day the two men arrive at the ranch and are greeted by a man named Candy who is an old handyman with only one hand and a very old, half-blind sheepdog that he takes a lot of pride in.
Candy shows them around the bunkhouse where they will be staying. George asks him about their boss and Candy tells him that although he was a bit perturbed about their late arrival, overall he is a nice man.
Soon the boss appears and asks the men about their lateness. George recounts the story of the bus driver dropping them off at the wrong place.
The boss notices that George has a tendency to speak for Lennie and asks him about it. George lies, telling him that Lennie is a cousin of his that was kicked in the head by a horse when he was young and, because he is family, George feels that he has to look out for him.
The boss seems placated but still suspicious. He assigns the two men to work under a man named Slim.
Soon after the boss leaves his son, Curley arrives. Curley is an ex-boxer and a very short man who obviously feels that he has something to prove to the world. After he leaves, Candy informs George that Curley has a resentment toward large men because of his short stature and that his temper has only gotten worse since he married a woman who likes to flirt with the ranch hands.
She asks where her husband is and George tells her that he just left. Later, Slim introduces himself to the men and they are impressed by his quite manner and the way the other men obviously respect him.
Outside of the bunkhouse, dinner is served. At the end of their workday, Slim agrees to give Lennie one of the puppies from the sheep dog. He confesses to slim that, initially he treated Lennie poorly and would get him to do silly or even dangerous things for his own entertainment.
But after telling Lennie to jump into a river and nearly watching him drown, George felt so ashamed of his treatment of Lennie that he reformed and started protecting him instead.
Soon, Candy and another ranch hand named Carlson appear. He offers to do this as well as bury it and after some reluctance, Candy finally agrees.
Carlson takes the dog outside and after a few moments of silence the men hear a shot ring out. Candy is so upset that all he can do is turn and face the wall of the bunkhouse. As if by design, Curley bursts into the bunker and demands to know where his wife is.
He asks where Slim is. The men tell him that Slim is in the barn and 2 of the other ranch hands follow him out there, hoping to see a fight. As he talks, Candy becomes interested in the description and asks George if they already have a place picked out.
George says that they do. Candy tells them that he fears the ranch is going to let him go soon because of his old age and asks if he could live on their farm with them if he contributes his life savings to buying it.
After some deliberation, George and Lennie agree that he can come with them and that, with pooling their 3 salaries together, only a month of work on the ranch will be needed to afford to buy the farm.
George cautions the two men to keep their plan a secret. The other men come back from the barn and Curley apologizes to Slim for suspecting him of sleeping with his wife.
But Curley is still frustrated from the men mocking him and knowing that Slim is too fit for him to successfully win against in a fight, decides to take his frustrations out on Lennie instead.A short summary of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
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