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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck takes place on a ranch in the Salinas Valley of California against the backdrop of the Great Depression Steinbeck writes of two ordinary men trying to live the American Dream Unfortunately they fail to fulfill those dreamsSteinbeck opens the book by vividly painting a picture of the Salinas River Valley Two traveling laborers George Milton and Lennie Small are on their way to a job at a Californian ranch George decides that they were to stay the night along the Salinas Rivers bank before reporting to work the next day Over dinner George and Lennie discuss their plans Through this conversation Steinbeck reveals the contrasts between Lennie and George Lennie is big and slow witted and George does the thinking for the pair Lennie obeys Georges every word like a dog to his masters commands At this point in the book it becomes apparent that George and Lennie want to pursue the American Dream Lennie asks George to tell him of their future home It would be just George and him They plan to have many orchards pigs cows rabbits They plan to live off the fat of the land The next morning the two friends travel to the ranch to obtain their work assignments As the arrive at the ranch they are greeted by a man name Candy He tells them of the ranch and its inhabitants When interviewed by the boss George answers all the questions He even answers for Lennie Due to this the boss becomes suspicious While in the bunk the Boss son Curly walks in looking for his father Curly bullies Lennie even though Curly is much smaller than him George warns Lennie to stay away from him At dinner Slim introduces himself to George and is puzzled why they travel together Later in the bunk George tells Slim about his life He explains how Lennie likes to pet soft objects and how
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