Of Mice and Men Characters

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Slim

  • Meets George and Lennie in the bunk house
  • Gives puppy to Lennie
  • Agrees that Candy's dog should be killed
  • Makes Curley promise not to blame Lennie for hurting his hand
  • Checks to see if Curleys Wife is dead
  • Comforts George for killing Lennie

'godlike' 'moved with majesty' 'understanding beyond thought' 'there was a gravity in his manner... all talk stopped when he spoke' 'his hands, large and lean, were as delicate as those of a temple dancer'

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George

  • Promises Aunt Clara to look after Lennie
  • Originally mistreats Lennie, but then cares for him
  • Finds work for them both
  • Protects Lennie when he gets into trouble
  • Feeds Lennie the dream of a ranch of their own
  • Order Lennie to fight back to Curley
  • Leaves Lennie to go to the brothel
  • Shoots Lennie as he knows it's kinder

'small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features' ''What the hell kind of bed you giving us, anyways. We don't want no pants rabbits'' ''I ain't nothing to scream about but [Lennie] there can put up more grain alone than most pairs can'' ''i ain't got no people'' ''i seen the guys that go around the ranches on their own. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they go mean'' ''You keep away from Curley, Lennie''

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Lennie

  • Georges travelling companion
  • Tries to hide a dead mouse from George
  • Makes George repeat the story of the small farm
  • Lennie signs up for work at the ranch
  • Picked on by Curley
  • Admires Curley's Wife 'gosh, she was purty'
  • Gets given a puppy by Slim
  • Curley comes and picks a fight with him, crushes his hand
  • Angry with Crooks when he says George will leave him
  • Kills the puppy by accident and tries to bury it
  • Curley's Wife enter and encourages him to stroke her hair, this leads to him killing her
  • Hides by the pool, shot by George

'huge man, shapeless of face... and he walked... the way a bear drags his paws. His arms...hung loosely' ''Come on George. Tell me. Please, George. Like you done before'' ''[Lennie] can put up more grain alone than most pairs can'' ''I didn't want no trouble'' ''me an' hin goes ever' place together'' ''I done a really bad thing'' ''I shouldn't have done that. George'll be mad''

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Candy

  • Candy introduces George and Lennie into the bunk house
  • Warns them against Curley
  • Allows Carlson to shoot his dog
  • Offers his saving to get in on the 'dream'
  • Briefly tries to stand up to Curley's Wife
  • Discovers the dead body of Curley's wife

'tall, stoop shouldered old man' 'a drag-footes sheep dog, grey of muzzle with pale, blind old eyes'

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Curley

  • Agressive toward Lennie and George for no reason
  • Goes looking for his wife regularly, thinking she's with Slim
  • Picks a fight with Lennie and gets his hand crushed
  • Agrees with Slim to say the injury was the result of an accident with a farm machine
  • Leads the mob hunt for Lennie

'He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy' 'Curley says he's keeping that hand soft for his wife' 'I don't like Curley. He aint a nice fella'

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Curley's Wife

  • Makes Curley jealous by flirting with everyone
  • She creates tension in the bunk house
  • She is killed by Lennie, therefore she is the reason that George has to shoot him

'She had full, rouged lips and wide-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters like sausages' 'Think I'm gonna stay in that two-by-four house and listen to how Curley's gonna lead with his left twice, and then bring in the ol' right cross' 'You know what I could do to you if you open your trap' 'He says he was gonna put me in the movies' 'She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young'

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Crooks

  • Crooks tell Slim that Lennie is handling the pups
  • Crooks lets Lennie talk to him in Crook's own room on the Saturday night when all the other hands are at Susy's brothel
  • Crooks taunts Lennie with the idea that George might desert him, and is frightened by Lennies response
  •  Candy and then Curley's wife join them, and when Crooks challenges her and demands that she leave, she humiliates him with the threat that she will accuse him of ****
  • Having initally been drawn in to George and Lennies dream of a small farm, Crooks withdraws his support

'nice fella too. Got a crooked back where a horse kicked him. The boss gives him hell when he's mad. But the stable buck don't give a damn about that. He reads a lot. Got books in his room' 'Crookes was proud, aloof man... his eyes... seemed to glitter with intensity...he had thin, pain tightened lips' 'I ain't wanted in the bunk house...'cause im black' 'Nobody get to heaven, and nobody gets no land' 'you guys is just kiddin yourslef.. youll talk about it a hell of a lot, but you won't get no land'

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