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CHARACTERS Lennie - A large lumbering child-like migrant worker Mildly retarded since birth he is completely dependent on his traveling companion George who has been taking care of him since his Aunt Clara died The two men share a vision of farm that they will own t ogether a vision that Lennie believes in implicitly Gentle and kind Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength and his love of petting soft things--like animals dresses and hair--leads to disaster George - A small wiry quick-witted man who travels with and takes care of Lennie Although he frequently speaks of how much better his life would be without the retarded man George is obviously devoted to his companion and tries desperately to keep the larger man out of trouble He is Lennies source for the story of how they will purchase the farm but it is Lennies childlike faith that enables him to believe his own account of their future Candy - An aging ranch handyman he lost his hand in an accident and worries about his future on the ranch He seizes on Georges description of the farm offering his own savings if he can join George and Lennie in owning the land He owns an old dog whose fa te--it is shot in the back of the head in an act of mercy--parallels that of Lennie Curley - The son of the ranchs boss he is a pugnacious aggressive man who seeks to compensate for his own small stature by picking fights with larger men He focuses his resentment on Lennie because of the retarded mans size and relative helplessness Recen tly married Curley is extremely jealous of his flirtatious young wife Curleys wife - The only female character in the novel she is never given a name and only referred to in reference to her husband She represents the temptation of female sexuality in an all-male world and is the indirect cause
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