Of Mice And Men: Characters

important points about the main characters in the novel


-small, "the first man was small and quick, dark of face,"

-clever and witty, "I ain't sure it's good water."

-friend and father figure to Lennie, speaks, cooks, cares for Lennie, "I got both of 'em here. Think i'd let you carry your own work card?"

-needs Lennie to get jobs, "but he's sure a hell of a good worker."

-proud of Lennie, "Strong as a bull."

-has a dream for him and Lennie to own land, "an' live of the fatta the lan',"

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-big and extremely strong, "a huge man, shapeless of face."

-regularly compared to an animal, "snorting into the water like a horse," "the way a bear drags it's paws," 

-relies on George for everything, very forgetful, "'I forgot,' Lennie said softly,"

-has a shared dream with George, wants to tend the rabbits, "lets have different color rabbits, George,"

-likes to touch soft things, "I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along,"

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-he is the talented jerkline skinner, "master craftsman,"

-natural leader of the ranch, all the men respect him, "Slim don't need to wear no high-heeled boots,"

-has authority, compared to royalty, "the prince of the ranch," "only achieved by royalty,"

-understands Lennie and George's relationship, reassures George at the end of the novel that he was right, "You hadda, George. I swear you hadda,"

-very mysterious character, don't know much about him

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-he is the bosses son, doesn't work so has a lot of free time, "Seen my old man?"

-small, doesn't like big people, "Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy."

-always looking for a fight, "Curley stared levelly at him,"

-newly-wed, still visits brothels, treats her with no respect, wears a "glove fulla vaseline,"

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Curley's Wife

-newly wed to Curley, no identity of her own, "Curley's Wife,"

-pretty, takes care of her appearance, wears red a lot "heavily made up," "she wore a cotton house dress and red mules,"

-hangs around the bunkhouses a lot, claims to be looking for Curley, "i'm lookin' for Curley"

-men don't like her, think she'll make them lose their jobs, "Jesus, what a tramp,"

-lonely, naive, only woman on the ranch, doesn't belong there, "ain't i got a right to talk to nobody?"

-only married Curley to spite her mother, ruined her dreams of being an actress, "coulda been in the movies,"

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-old, disabled, "out of the sleeve came a stick-like wrist, but no hand,"

-he has a close relationship with his dog that mirrors Lennie and Georges relationship, death of dog hints at Lennies forthcoming death, "a shot sounded in the distance,"

-offers money to join George and Lennie's dream, makes it more realistic, "how much they want for a place like that?"

-gets angry at Curley's Wife's death, "Ever'body knowed you'd mess things up,"

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