Highlights throughout the story showing the development of the conflict.
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The exposition was when Lennie and George were first introduced at the riverside. The scene introduced their lifestyles and relationship to eachother.
The rising action happened when Lennie and George arrived at the bunkhouse, met everyone there, and immediately had a problem with Curley. George knew that Curley's wife could mean trouble for them so he warned Lennie to stay away from her. It is the rising action because it foreshadows that something is going to happen.
The climax was when Lennie killed Curley's wife. After he killed her, he knew he had done wrong so he ran to hide where he was told. It is the climax because it is when the worse of the problem is happening.
The falling action was when they came into the barn, found Curley's wife's body, immediatley knew it was Lennie, and everybody began looking for him. This is the falling action because it was right before Lennie was killed, so the problem would soon be gone.
George killed Lennie. It showed that instead instead of running away an letting the problem continue, George decided to kill Lennie so he couldn't mess up anything else.