Of Mice and Men



First meeting Candy: he is first met in section 2 when Lennie and George first arrive on the ranch, he is the first person they speak to, he takes them to the bunkhouse.

"The old swamper shifted his broom and held it between his elbow and his side"

"He was dressed in blue jeans and he carried a big push-broom in his left hand."

Candy later joins in with Lennie and Georges dream so he goes from being an outsider and goes to become friends with them.

Candy's dream goes wrong (linked to the poem:"often go wrong") beacause Lennie and George's ends which then leads to his dream ending.

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The Boss

The Boss

"He wore blue jean trousers, a flannel shirt, a black, unbuttoned vest and a black coat.!

He also wore "High heeled boots." Which shows that he is more powerful than every body else.

His reaction to George and Lennie is at first anger of the fact that they were a day late to arrive. Then he is shocked that George speakes for Lennie and Lennie does not answer when questions are asked to him.

According to Candy he's "a nice fella."

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We first see Crooks in Section Three.

He is the the stable buck on the ranch.

He is known to the other men as "See the stable buck's a ******."

He is cripplled because he got kicked by a hourse, his room is full of books and rairly comes out of the barn.

Crooks addresses the other men as 'Mr'.

Crooks is an Icolated character, he lives alone in the barn (not the bunk house!)

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He is a boxer, who is newly married("He got married a couple of weeks ago.")

His arms are always bent almost as if he is always ready for a fight. When we see Curley in the novel he is always looking for his wife.

"He's got a glove full of vaseline."

"The ever'body says that big guy oughtta pick somebody his own size."

he causes a fight with Lennie because Lennie is bigger than him and Curley is afraid of people bigger than him.

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Curley's Wife

Curley's Wife:

All the other men think she is "purty", "she got the eye" - Always seen looking for Curlay.

She wears a red dress, red shoes - red is connected to death, anger.

She flirts with other men, mainly Slim a ranch worker.

She is described as "heavily made up" which shows she is not confident of her true apperence. Her dreamis that she can become and actress in Hollywood and own the stage. She is very lonely that is why she is always looking for Curley and never finds him, she talks to the other men on the ranch just so she isn't alone all of the time.

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He is a tall man, he wears a 'Stetson Hat' and like the other men 'blue jeans and a short denim jacket'.

He is the 'jerkline skinner' on the ranch (the prince of the ranch). He is shown to have 'autharity' on the ranch, everyone looks up at him.

His face is described as "hatchet face was ageless",

"His ear heard more than what was said to him" This shows that George can confind in towards the end of the book.

He is the one who comforts George after Lennie's death.

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He is a 'powerful, big-stomached man'

He walks into the bunk house and says 'Hi' to Slim first which shows frienship between them.

He also shows strong signs of a close friendship because after being introduced to Lennie and George he talks and asks Slim about his dog and her pups.

Carlson has the last words in the novel, " Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?", this is very meaningful how a very small character has the last line in the novel this means that he is acctually a bigger character than what people give him credit for.

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He's protective "He can do anything you tell him" he said about Lennie, "Good skinner" and but "I say he's a god damn good worker."

He shows Lennie off to the Boss.

Him taking charge of Lennie gives a sense of danger because he's not letting Lennie speak for himself.

He takes advantage of Lennie's mental state, "jump in. An' he jumps. Couldn't swim a strake. He damn neasr dround before we could get him. An'he was so damn nice to me pullin' him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I ain't done nothing like that no more."

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He is a mentally challenged, we see this when George tells Slim about the time where he told Lennie to jump in the river.

Lennie enjoys stroking soft things but he gets too affectionate and ends up killing them, this is a sign for danger later to come. He starts off stroking mice (given to him by his Aunt Clara) and killing them, them when he gets his puppy it bites him and then he kills him.

His killings get bigger and bigger each time as he (at the end of the book) kills Curley's Wife.

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Robert Burns: Ode to a Fieldmouse

Robert Burns: Ode to a Fieldmouse:

The best laid schemes

of mice and men

Gang aft agle (often go wrong)

and leave us nought but grief and pain

for promised joy.

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