The sound of the lynch party grows louder. George shoots his friend in the back of the head. When the other men arrive, George lets them believe that Lennie had the gun, and George wrestled it away from him and shot him. Only Slim understands that has really happened, that he killed is friend out of mercy. Slim leads him away, and the other men, completely puzzled, watch them
Curley's wife finds him and starts talking very openly about her feelings. She invites Lennie to stroke her soft hair, but he does it so strongly she panics and he ends up killing her too. He runs away to hide, as George had told him. Candy finds the body and tells George. They tell the other men - Curley wants revenge.
George will pretend that he has not seen the body and act surprised when Candy delivers the news. George exits, and Candy curses Curley’s wife for destroying their dream of a farm. After a few moments, his eyes full of tears, he goes to alert the rest of the ranch. A crowd soon gathers. George comes in last, with his coat buttoned up.
Within the novel, Of Mice and Men, the author, John Steinbeck, uses flashbacks, interaction of characters, and symbols to foreshadow conflicts later on in the novel. The past of Lennie and the death of and insignificant characters can be easily overlooked, but are key in foreshadowing eventual conflicts. For example, back in Weed, Lennie had gotten into trouble for grabbing hold of a girl’s dress and not letting her go when the girl was screaming. Instead, Lennie held the girl even tighter because he was scared and did not know what to do (11). Now, Lennie thinks Curley’s wife is pretty.
Curley automatically assumes that she is in the barn with Slim, and the other guys follow him to the barn, assuming there will be a fight. George calls Curley's wife jailbait and refuses to go to the barn. He also mentions the story of Andy Cushman, a man who is now in prison because of a "tart." All of these events are Steinbeck's way of saying that something terrible is going to happen, and that Curley's wife will be
Of Mice and Men Summary After riding a bus and being dropped off at the wrong spot, George and Lennie were walking down a dirt road heading towards a ranch where they can begin their new work. While they were walking, they came across a river bank and decided to camp out for the night, since they were already late for work. As they were resting, Lennie was petting a dead mouse that he found along the way. When George saw the mouse he took it away from Lennie and threw it across the river bank. He told Lennie that they are going to get a new job and he must behave himself when they meet the boss.
The whole book circualtes around it. There is also, of course, the ranch Lennie and George start working on. The two friends, Lenni and George, set on a journey together. They are gonna go and get work on a ranch located in California’s Salidas Valley. They had previously been working in a town called Weed but had to leave because Lennie tried to pet a girls dress, just like he used to pet mice.
That didn't stop her though, because the next day she scared Lennie while he was sadly petting his dead puppy. He tried to ignore her at first but ended up talking, and shared about his love for soft things. She then let Lennie stroke her hair a bit; but when he started petting her hair harder she started to complain. Soon she was screaming and moving around trying to get him to undo his harsh grip. He panicked and was yelling at her to stop squirming; he didn't want to get in trouble with George.
He pretends to be angry when Candy and Lennie decide to visit him in his room, but underlying that front is pride and happiness. His disconnection from the rest of the ranch is just a show he puts on to protect himself. The wall is broken when he opened up to his new friends. After Curley’s wife enters the picture, Crooks’ composure changes. She had caused a disagreement with Crooks, Lennie