Of Mice and Men Plot

Of Mice and Men Plot

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  • I'm sorry George, I'll try not to forget again.
  • 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.
  • Lennie and George are friends. However, Lennie is developmentally disabled, and because of his childlike mentality, the two friends often find themselves in trouble.
  • ...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.
  • Slim gave Lennie a puppy, but Lennie accidentally kills it. He is in the barn petting the dead puppy when Curley's wife enters to talk to him. Because he likes soft things, Curley's wife suggests he touch her hair. When she gets nervous and tells him to stop, he panics and accidentally 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.
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