Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is set on a ranch in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The book is about two migrant ranchers who dream of one day buying their own ranch, but keep getting in trouble which forces them to move from one job to another. There are two main characters, George and Lennie, who make up this story about dreams, companionship, tragedy, and loneliness.
George is small and quick. He is dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features. George dreams of saving enough money so that one day he can own his own ranch, but he is held back because he has to take care of his friend Lennie. George looks after Lennie because he promised Lennie’s aunt he would. Before they were friends, George was cruel to Lennie and had once tortured him. He does not leave Lennie partly because he does not want Lennie to be alone, and partly because he feels guilty for the way he treated Lennie in the past.
Lennie is huge man, with large, pale eyes and wide, sloping shoulders. He walks heavily, and by his looks alone, one would think he was a mean person, but he is actually quite friendly. He has a simple childlike mind and gets himself into trouble without meaning to. Lenny loves to pet soft things, but because he is so strong he accidentally hurts animals and people. At their last job, in Weed, Lennie wanted to pet a woman's dress because he thought it was pretty, but held on when she tried to pull away. George and Lennie had to run away that night becasue the woman pressed assault charges and the whole town went looking for them. Lenny knew what he did was wrong, but he looks to George to get him out of trouble.
Curley’s wife is an attractive woman with dark, curly hair, is of average height, and has a slender, shapely figure. She married the ranch owner’s son, Curley, so that she could leave home and escape from her mother. She is very unhappy and lonely because she once dreamed of being an...