EXPOSITION: In chapter 1, Lennie and George are on the way to their new job. They have decided to go there from Weed due to the trouble that Lennie caused when he grabbed the dress of a stranger. George tells Lennie that if he is ever in trouble to hide in the bushes of the path.
RISING ACTION: In Chapter 2, George and Lennie show up to the farm and meet all the character there they learn about all of them and that Curley's Wife is TROUBLE and Lennie needs to stay away from her.
RISING ACTION 2: Earlier in the story, Lennie receives a puppy that he continuously plays with even when he is told not to, eventually his power over-comes him and he accidentally kills the puppy witch he then tells Curley's Wife and is afraid to tell George for he might not let him tend rabbits at their fantasy farm which they hope to own one day.
CLIMAX: The climax of the story is when Curley's wife let Lennie touch her hair, when Lennie refused to let go she became frantic and screamed, this enraged Lennie because he did not want to get in trouble with George. He tried to quiet her down but in the attempt he accidentally snapped her neck. After he realized he had done something bad he remembered that he was to go tot the bushes if he was ever in trouble.
FALLING ACTION: Candy was the first person to find the dead Curley's wife. Candy gets George and tells him and they decide to tell the others. Candy goes and gets the others, Curley decides it is right to kill Lennie for his actions but Carlson's gun goes missing. Curley and Carlson believe that Lennie is the one who took the gun so they retrieve Crook's shotgun.
RESOLUTION: The resolution to the story is when George shoots Lennie in the back of the head with Carlson's luger when he finds him hidden their in the bushes. When the others catch up George tells the others that Lennie had the gun.