We start off with the main characters George and Lennie walking to get their new jobs to try and rustle up some money. What they didnt know is they had to 2 miles to get to their destination. Lennie was the taller one of the two but wasn't very smart while george on the other hand was short and had all the brains.
When they finally get to their new job they meet the boss and they try to explain why they were a day late. In this scene they also meet the bosses son curly who doesn't like tall people like Lennie and wore a glove full of vaseline.
Once george starts to settle in another more noticeable man comes in who was named slim. slim explains to George how things work around the farm and what two things to stay clear of which are curly and his wife.
As the story goes on the two men begin to work in the fields and start making new friends who come to realize how good of a worker Lennie is. When they start to settle in that's when the real trouble begins because Lennie starts his usual thing and starts getting into trouble.
Because Lennie isn't very smart he doesn't really know how to read the air in the room so to speak so when curly come into to the room red hot Lennie is still laughing from a conversation he had earlier. So curly thinks Lennie is laughing at him and stands him up and punches him in the face and at this point Lennie is to scared to move until George tells him to fight back which he does and crushes curley's hand.
This is the tragic end of the story and by this point Lennie had killed someone by accident so he goes off to hide in the forest. Now it was up to George to find Lennie and make things right. because he didn't want to look Lennie in the face when he did it he told him to turn around while he told him about their future home and shot him in the head. a couple minutes later slim comes out and tells George he had to do it