George and Lennie are complete opposites. The boss is skeptical when George answers for Lennie, but gives them work despite his suspicions. While it is a book taught in many schools, Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of for vulgarity and what some consider offensive and racist language; consequently, it appears on the 's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century. Slim warns Curley that if he tries to get George and Lennie fired, he will be the laughingstock of the farm. It opened on November 23, 1937, in the on Broadway.
Lennie's love of stroking small things causes the men to flee their current job after one of the townspeople accuses him of raping a woman. The boss is annoyed because they have arrived late. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play. Overcome with thirst, the two stop in a clearing by a pool and decide to camp for the night. Though unusual for a novel, this approach is typical of plays and film, which helps explain why Of Mice and Men was easily adapted for the Broadway stage and as a Hollywood movie. After their first day of work, Slim gives a puppy to an overjoyed Lennie, and George tells Slim about what happened to him and Lennie at the ranch in Weed: Lennie touched a woman's dress and the woman accused him of rape. She has no function, except to be a foil — and a danger to Lennie.
Older, more traditional free book notes provider offers literary criticism, a biography of the author, the author's life and work in the context of the times, and detailed analyses of plot, character, and the literary qualities of the work. The dog is old and arthritic, but Candy has had him for years. As the two converse, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. Steinbeck's trilogy of novels portraying the struggle of migrant workers in California is the most enduring literary chronicle of the Great Depression: In Dubious Battle 1936 , Of Mice and Men 1937 , and 1940. The novel, which takes place during the Great Depression, begins beside the Salinas River near Soledad, California, where two migrant workers, Small and Milton, are walking on their way to a nearby ranch. Good fortune smiles upon them briefly when they get work at a ranch near Soledad,. The next morning, Lennie accidentally kills his new puppy when he bounces it too hard.
Candy doesn't want his dog to die, but he finally agrees to let Carlson take him. His love for soft things conspires against him, mostly because he does not know his own strength, and eventually becomes his undoing. We also meet Slim, our local and wise ranch demi-god; and Carlson, a callous ranch hand, who tells Candy to adopt a new puppy and shoot his old dog because it's smelly. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. George is a small, quick man with dark, suspicious eyes. It was nominated for four.
The New York Times: 7. Carlson brings his Luger gun and a shovel with him as he escorts the dog outside. Crooks's barrier results from being barred from the bunkhouse by restraining him to the ; his bitterness is partially broken, however, through Lennie's ignorance. The next afternoon, Lennie sits alone, consoling himself after accidentally killing his puppy. It seems that Curley is jealous for a reason — his wife is of flirtatious nature, and as soon as Lennie and George stay alone in the house, she appears and tries to seduce them. The men talke badly about her and constantly insult her. Film Poster for the 1939 film The was in 1939, two years after the publication of the novella, and starred as Lennie, with as George, and was directed by.
Adaptations Main articles: and The first stage production was written by Steinbeck, produced by and directed by. Again, Lennie is too stunned to react, so Curley continues to beat on him. During their night together, they get into a conversation, from which it is clear that Lenny is dependent upon George, since he has a , so he needs someone to protect him. Fate is felt most heavily as the characters' aspirations are destroyed when George is unable to protect Lennie who is a real danger. Slim consolingly leads him away, and the other men, completely puzzled, watch them leave. Curley's wife sees the three men and seeks their company out of loneliness; when Crooks tells her that she is not supposed to be in his room, she upbraids them as useless cripples and even threatens Crooks with lynching.
The League of American Theatres and Producers. This telling of the their dream was greatly loved by Lennie. Which means, time for drunken visits to the whorehouse for most of the farmhands. Lennie was a real person. Candy offers to pool his money with theirs if they'd let him work on their farm.
At this time Carlson realizes that Lennie has stolen his Luger and everyone considers Lennie to be armed and dangerous. They have recently escaped from a farm near Weed where Lennie, a mentally deficient yet gentle man, was wrongly accused of rape when he touched a woman to feel her soft dress. It is only 30,000 words in length. Don't make any difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. The next morning Lennie and George arrive at the ranch.
Curley leads a group of men to lynch Lennie, but George directs the men to the wrong place and finds Lennie first. Of Mice and Men Plot Summary The novel takes place in the California valley along the Salinas River. The boss finds it curious. Candy has no relatives and doesn't expect to live a great deal longer, so he would will his share of the property back to Lennie and George. Curley mistakenly thinks Lennie is also laughing at him, so he punches Lennie.