Of Mice and Men’, a novel by John Steinbeck, is set in the 1930's during the great depression and tells a story of friendship, loneliness and aspiration between two wandering farm labourers named Lennie, who is a slow simlpe-minded man and has a passion for petting things especially mice, rabbits and other soft silky things, and George who is small, quick and intelligent, he takes care of Lennie who is innocent of the world and its ways. They are on the run from a town called Weed, where Lennie caused trouble by innocently fondling a girls dress.
They have dreams of one day owning a small ranch where they can live and work for themselves.
The story then ends when George takes Lennie’s life.
They travel to a ranch where they have work, when Lennie and George arrive on the farm they are shown their quarters by Curley’s wife, on one of her ‘looking for Curley’ routines, sees them both and immediately starts flirting with them. George gets angry when Lennie takes a shine to her and tells him to stay away and calls her a ‘bitch’ and a ‘rat-trap’ This view is also held by many of the workers on the farm. Curley (Her Husband) instantly takes a dislike to Lennie when he firsts meets him just because he is considerably larger that himself. This attitude towards Lennie results in him getting into a fight with him but he loses when Lennie crushes his hand with his own fist. Curley’s wife knows Lennie did this even though Curly was told to say he had caught his hand in a machine. Curley’s wifes pursuit of company leads her to seek solace with Lennie. She pours out her pent up frustration of her unrealised dreams and ambitions. When she realises Lennie isn’t taking much interest she lets him feel her hair. Lennie being Lennie strokes harder and harder even though Curley’s wife begs him to stop. As she struggled to get out of his grasp he accidentally broke her neck. Lennie then ran off to his hiding place where he was told to go if he ever did a ‘bad thing.’ When Curley...