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Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck107 pages Setting Of Mice and Men takes place sometime during the Depression of the 1930s The book starts off next to a stream near the Salinas River a few miles South of Soledad Then the setting moves to an isolated lonely looking ranch where the main part of the story takes place Then at the end of the book the setting comes back to where it started Characters George - the main character of the book He is a caring understanding and dreams of owning his own piece of land Lennie - the loyal friend of George He has a childs mind and a giants body It is these contrasting qualities that cause him problems Old Candy - one of the lonely ranch workers He is a cripple working as a Swamper Crooks - named for his crooked body he is a proud Negro man that works on the Ranch He is neat and has a mind of his own He is a lonely character who is discriminated against due to his race Slim - a ranch worker with leadership qualities He commands respect from all on the ranch Curley - the bosss son who is a light weight boxer He picks fights with everybody on the ranch Curleys wife - the only woman on the ranch She is very flirtatious Plot George and Lennie live during the depression and they wander from town to town doing jobs but Lennie always gets them in trouble For example this girl thought Lennie was trying to rape her when he was really just feeling her dress since he liked the material Lennie dreams of owning a rabbit farm and is mentally retarded Sometimes he ends up killing animals because he is so strong When he accidentally kills Curleys
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