This is a quick book summary and analysis of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing...poorly.
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This is a story about two friends, George and Lennie, who are on their way to a working farm. George is a small man with lots of big talk. In contrast, Lennie is a simple-minded large man who has a tendency to get in trouble. Both hope to one day own a farm where they can live off the land and Lennie can tend to the rabbits.
They enter the farm which is run by Curley, a spoiled, mean boss who challenges George and Lennie immediately upon arrival. Curley is married to a promiscuous woman who is known to cause trouble. On numerous occasions, George warns Lennie to stay away from her.
The working life for George and Lennie isn't too bad, as Lennie is a great field worker.
Unfortunately, he accidentally kills Curley's wife. In a panic, Lennie flees.
Curley sends his men, including George, to hunt down Lennie with a shoot-to-kill policy, as it is suspected that Lennie stole a gun.
Lennie runs to a secret spot that George had designated for times of trouble and the two meet there. Lennie is scared and asks George to tell him about their future farm. While telling the story, George pulls out the stolen gun and shoots Lennie in the back of the head. After Lennie's death, the men return to the farm for drinks.
The relationship between George and Lennie is complex, yet not so foreign. In contemporary movies and stories, we tend to see this type of relationship a lot - the best friend story. However, the difference here is that there is a tragic element to this relationship.
It is still unclear why George stole the gun at the end of the story. One would like to think that he wanted to nobly be the one to kill his friend, but an argument could be made that he wanted to be free of responsibility of Lennie and to be able to live his own life.
Taking a step back, this is really a story of misfit toys. Each character - George, Lennie, Curley, his wife, each worker - has been dealt a bad hand in life. And unlike the Christmas special where the misfit toys make it off the island, these misfits are condemned to be doomed.
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Hey, a bit of friendly advice: you may want to study the book a little more carefully. Curley, for example does not own the ranch, but is the boss' son, and so feels as though he does. This is called misuse of natural authority. Also, George shoots Lennie not because he wants to " nobly " kill his friend, and even though he is tired of responsibility over Lennie, it is incredibly unlikely for him to want to shoot him to be free of that pressure. I feel that George shoots Lennie to save him the pain and torture Curley wants to put him through. (Note that George shoots Lennie in the same manner that Carlson shoots Candy's dog, " right in the back of the head " and Carlson reassures Candy that the dog " won't even feel it "). George wants to put Lennie through as little pain as possible. Please take my reasoning into account, and thank you for the summary.
Curley isn't the boss of the ranch and the reason that George shot Lennie... Well if you think back to when Candy said to George "I shoulda shot that dog myself, George.". Really George just wanted Lennie to die peacefully and he knew he had to do it because he would regret it if he didn't.
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