Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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  • Exposition
  • The book starts out with Lennie and George running on the Salinas River in California. They are leaving their previous job because Lennie grabbed a woman's dress and wouldn't let go. They had to leave and travel to a new ranch to start over. 
  • Conflict
  • George feels obligated to watch over Lennie because he knew his Aunt Clara. Lennie is mentally disabled and forgets everything George tells him. They often find themselves in trouble and this will be a problem in the future. This will be hard for the men to reach their dream of owning their own ranch. 
  • Tell me--like you done before
  • Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.
  • Rising Action
  • Curley, the boss's son, doesn't like Lennie because he is big and intimidating. Curley's wife is always seeking attention and causes problems with the men. George and Lennie make friends with Candy and he offers to help them buy the farm they want. 
  • Well, nex' time you answer when you're spoke to
  • Lennie is in the barn and is petting the puppy. He pets the puppy to hard and kills it. While he is trying to hide the puppy, Curley's wife enters the barn. Lennie and Curley's wife confide in each other and tell each other their dreams. Lennie starts to feel her hair and won't let go. He kills Curley's wife and runs back to the brush where George told him to hide if anything bad happened. 
  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • While Lennie is running away from the farm, the men find Curley's wife in the barn dead. Curley becomes very angry and plans to hunt down Lennie and kill him. The other men go grab their guns and try to find Lennie. George knows exactly where Lennie is hiding and goes to find him. 
  • Resolution
  • Look acrost the river, Lennie, an' I'll tell you so you can almost see it 
  • George finds Lennie hiding and calms him down. George tells him to look out in the distance so he can imagine their ranch they are going to have someday. George starts to talk about the ranch, but pulls out a gun and shoots Lennie in the head. After this, the book ends with George running away again, but this time he is alone. 
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