She pities him and allows him to feel how soft her hair is. Plot Overview Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. When George and Lennie reach the bunkhouse at the farm where they will work, an old man named shows them their beds and tells them that the boss was angry that they didn't show up the night before. He makes Lennie repeat it over to remember the instructions then they go to sleep. The League of American Theatres and Producers. Tracy Barr; Greg Tubach,, eds.
She uses her sex appeal to gain some attention, flirting with the farm hands. This situation makes it clear that this book takes place during the Great Depression. His friendship with Lennie helps sustain his dream of a better future. Carlson, meanwhile, convinces Candy to let him shoot his dog. The production was chosen as Best Play in 1938 by the. After being hired at a farm, the pair are confronted by Curley—The Boss's small, aggressive son with a who dislikes larger men, and starts to target Lennie.
At one point, Curley loses his temper after he sees Lennie appear to laugh at him, and ends up with his hand horribly damaged after Lennie fights back against him. Slim goes to the barn to do some work, and Curley, who is maniacally searching for his wife, heads to the barn to accost Slim. Curley punches Lennie several times, but Lennie does not fight back until George gives him permission, at which point Lennie crushes Curley's hand. Only Slim realizes what happened, and consolingly leads him away. Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers because he is black. The story begins with George Milton and Lennie Small traveling together along the Salinas River in California to find work.
Dissatisfied with her marriage to a brutish man and bored with life on the ranch, she is constantly looking for excitement or trouble. Each of these characters searches for a friend, someone to help them measure the world, as Crooks says. Lennie possesses the greatest physical strength of any character, which should therefore establish a sense of respect as he is employed as a ranch hand. Poverty has reduced them to animals — Lennie a ponderous, powerful, imbecilic bear; George a quiet, scheming, scrappy rodent of a man. The death of Lennie also marks the death of the beautiful dream they have been nurturing. A bus driver recently let them out and told them the ranch was nearby. George shoots his friend in the back of the head.
They are fleeing from their previous employment in , where they were run out of town after Lennie's love of stroking soft things resulted in an accusation of attempted rape, when he touched a young woman's dress, and would not let go. When Lennie once again asks George to describe the farm they'll someday own, Candy overhears and asks if he can help them buy it. It opened on November 23, 1937, in the on Broadway. Lennie flees back to a pool of the Salinas River that George had designated as a meeting place should either of them get into trouble. The mood at the end is definitely one of depression and frustration.
George also reminds Lennie of the trouble Lennie got into at their last ranch and tells Lennie that if he gets into trouble again, he should hide at this spot where they're sleeping. As George pats his pocket, where the work cards are kept, he notices that Lennie has something in his pocket as well: a dead mouse. Whipper repeated this role in the 1939 film version. He has a childlike faith that George will always be there for him, a faith that seems justified, given their long history together. Publication date 1937 Pages 187 Of Mice and Men is a written by author.
Lennie aspires to be with George on his independent homestead, and to quench his on soft objects. It soon becomes clear that the two are close and George is Lennie's protector, despite his antics. When he grabs too tightly, she cries out. They hope to one day attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land. The boss finds it curious.
It is only 30,000 words in length. Adaptations Main articles: and The first stage production was written by Steinbeck, produced by and directed by. In 1939 the production was moved to Los Angeles, still with Wallace Ford in the role of George, but with Lon Chaney, Jr. Slim gives a puppy to Lennie and Candy, whose loyal, accomplished sheep dog was by fellow ranch-hand Carlson. The really bad news: we're pretty sure Curley has it in for Lennie. The rabbit hutch is the only detail of the plan that Lennie consistently remembers. Soon, the ranch-hands return from the fields for lunch, and George and Lennie meet Slim, the skilled mule driver who wields great authority on the ranch.
Their friendship is over, and Lennie's death also brings the death of any faith that George had in the dream of a better life. The three make a pact to let no one else know of their plan. Soon, the Boss questions George and Lennie. Lennie tells her that he loves petting soft things, and she offers to let him feel her hair. Lennie, on the other hand, is a large, lumbering man who is mentally slow and not able to take appropriate care of himself. Curley's flirtatious and provocative wife, to whom Lennie is instantly attracted, poses a problem as well. However, though it is apparent that even though he complains about Lennie, there is true mutual devotion between the two men.