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  • Exposition: We meet our main characters George and Lennie. We learn that Lennie has some sort of disability and is unaware of his own strength. We also learn that George has to care for Lennie. George and Lennie are migrant workers during the Great Depression.
  • "The little man jerked down the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lenne." (Steinbeck, 2)
  • Rising Action: We meet Slim, Candy and his old dog, the bosses son Curly, and the boss. You learn that Curly's wife is quite a flirt with the other men on the work camp. The boss is mad at Lennie and George for coming to late to their job on the camp.
  • "(Curley's Wife) I've seen her give Slim the eye." (Steinbeck, 14)
  • Rising Action: Lennie goes to visit his dog and meets a secluded man. The man tells him to leave because he is frowned upon for being the only black man on the work camp. Curly's flirty wife visits Lennie and the man at an inappropriate time.
  • "Lennie sat in the hay and looked at a little dead puppy that lay in front of him." (Steinbeck, 42)
  • Climax: Lennie is with his dog that he killed and doesn't wan't George to know. Lennie's wife comes to see what George is up to. George explains how he killed the dog, and how much he loves soft things. Curly's wife says how her hair is very soft and invite Lennie to feel it. Lennie freezes and grabs her hair. He snaps her neck on accident, killing her.
  • "(Curley Talking) I'm gonna get him. I'm going for my shotgun." (Steinbeck, 48)
  • Falling Action: Curly and his gang find his wife dead. Everyone knows that it was Lennie who killed her. Curly and the gang say that they want to go kill Lennie. George and Slim don't want him to die, and would rather him imprisoned. George knows where Lennie went.
  • "And George raised the shotgun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie's head." (Steinbeck, 53)
  • Denouement: George goes to Lennie and has Lennie reminisce their dream of having their own land. Lennie always wanted to take care of the rabbits. As Lennie closes his eyes to picture the little house, George shoots him. Curly and the gang find dead Lennie and George says it was suicide. Slim knows the truth and brings George to get a drink.
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