Of Mice and Men Plot Diagram

Updated: 7/27/2020
Of Mice and Men  Plot Diagram
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men is a short novel by John Steinbeck about an unlikely pair of migrant workers in California. George and Lennie have little in common, and when most people meet the pair, they question why the two are together. George Milton is a small, smart man, while Lennie Small is large and strong, but has the mind of a child. Lennie's traits make him clumsy and unpredictable, and often get the two men into trouble.


Of Mice and Men

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • I'm sorry George, I'll try not to forget again.
  • RISING ACTION
  • I don't trust them two, something odd about a little guy like that taken that big guy around.
  • Off the Salinas River in California, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, travel to a ranch for work after leaving a previous job because Lennie mistakenly grabbed a woman by her dress.
  • CLIMAX
  • Lennie and George are friends. However, Lennie is developmentally disabled, and because of his childlike mentality, the two friends often find themselves in trouble.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • ...Go hide in the brush by the river.
  • Curley, the boss’s son, immediately takes a dislike to Lennie and picks on him. Curley’s wife creates problems by constantly seeking the men's attention. The boys make friends with the ranch hands, especially Candy.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Lennie was given a puppy by Slim and is in the barn tending it. Curley’s wife enters and they begin to talk. Without realizing it, Lennie grabs her hair, because he likes soft things. When she gets nervous and tells him to stop, he panics and breaks her neck.
  • Lennie was given specific instructions by George that if anything bad happened he should hide near the river. George meets him there.
  • George shoots Lennie before Curley can find him. The men cover it up. The reader feels the sorrow of George having to kill his best friend.