Exposition: Lennie and George are just two of many trying to find work during the Great Depression. On their way to their new ranch job, they stop short and spend the night by a little pond.
Ooh verrrry soft!!!
AHHH!! Let go of me!!!
Inciting Incident: One day George and Lennie are in the barn, discussing their plans about the ranch they're going to own one day. Suddenly Curley busts in, accusing Slim of sleeping with his wife; however, Slim corrects the accusation immediately and Curley redirects his anger on Lennie, who is still smiling about their plans for the future. Because Curley thinks he is smiling at him, he goes over and tries to beat him up. In the end, Lennie fights back and crushes Curley's hand.
Rising Action: While the others are playing horseshoe, Lennie goes into the barn and plays with his puppy. Soon the play becomes rough and Lennie hit the puppy harder than he means to, accidentally killing it.
Climax: After Curley's wife invites Lennie to touch her hair, she soon realizes the mistake when he refuses to let go. When Curley's wife tries to pull away, Lennie forcefully drags her back and accidentally snaps her neck.
Falling Action: As soon as Lennie realized what he did, he quickly ran for the thrush that George instructed him to go to if he got in trouble. Once Curley discovered his wife's dead body, he immediately knew who was to blame. Then he and the crew, including George, grabbed their guns and went searching for Lennie.
Resolution: In the end, George realizes that Lennie is going to have a tough road ahead of him. He decides to take matters into his own hands and kill him, as if to spare Lennie from the torture he would endure from Curley.