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    • George
      • George is a small, fairly     intelligent itinerant worker. he travels around with his friend Lennie.
      • George is  ...
        • Loyal "I want you to stay with me, Lennie."
        • Pessimistic: "I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her."
        • Caring: "I ain't gonna let 'em hurt Lennie."
      • Theme - Loneliness
        • George tells Slim that lonely men "get mean" and want to "fight all the time". George's aggression hints to the reader that he's quite close to being like this - his freindship with Lennie seems to be the only thing stopping him.
      • Theme - Destiny
        • For George the dream is about being in charge of his own destiny. He's tired of drifting through life
    • Lennie
      • Lennie is ...
        • Childlike: "He's jes' like a kid".
        • Strong:  "Strong like a bull."
        • Like an animal: "Lennie covered his face with his huge paws and bleated with terror."
      • Lennie is big, strong, slow-witted man who travels with George. He likes stroking soft things.
      • Theme - Destiny
        • Lennie's violence gets worse through the novel. this gives the reader the impression that he's destined to seriously hurt someone one day.
    • Curley's Wife
      • Curley's wife is a young, pretty and a bit of a flirt. She hates her life on the ranch and is very lonely.
      • Curley's wife is ...
        • Pretty: "She's purty"
        • Lonely: "I get awful lonely."
        • Flirtatious: "She got the eye goin' all the time on everybody."
      • Theme - Women
        • Curley's wife dreamt of being a movie star, but she never made it to Hollywood. She escaped from the control of her mother but instead ended up being controlled by her husband instead. This was what life was like for some women in the 1930s.
    • Curley
      • Curley is a small, aggressive man who hates big guys. He's the boss's son and no one likes him.
      • Curley is ...
        • Insecure: "You seen a girl around here?"
        • Aggressive: "He's all time picking scraps  with big guys".
        • Disliked: "This guy Curley sounds like a son-of-a-*****  to me. I don't like mean little guys."
      • Theme - Destiny
        • Curley's probably just as trapped in his life on the ranch as the other character . Because he's the boss's son, he's destined to run it himself one day.
      • Theme - Loneliness
        • Curley's just as lonely and isolated as the other characters. None of the bunk house men like him, nor does his wife.
      • Theme  - Women
        • Curley doesn't understand what his wife needs from him - company and attention.


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