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Protagonist The protagonist of the story is George He is the kind-hearted ranch hand who is concerned about his friend Lennie and watches out for him Antagonist The antagonist of the story is Georges trying to care for the handicapped Lennie Because he has a giants body and a childs mind Lennie accidentally kills Curleys wife at the same time he kills the dream of owning a farm that has kept George and Lennie positive about Climax The climax occurs when Lennie accidentally kills Curleys wife George knows that he can no longer save Lennie for Curley will want revenge Outcome Of Mice and Men ends in tragedy George feels compelled to mercifully kill his friend and companion Lennie in order to save him from a brutal death The death of Lennie also marks the death of the beautiful dream they have been nurturing The dominant mood of the story is that of expectation This mood is developed through the dreams of the major characters The other mood that prevails is premonitory of impending doom There are also other moods evoked through the actions of the characters reflecting sorrow pity and brutality The novel ends on a tragic note The mood at the end is definitely one of One evening two men on their way to a ranch stop at a stream near the Salinas River George who is short and dark leads the way The person following him is Lennie a giant of a man with huge arms During their conversation by the stream George repeatedly asks Lennie to keep his mouth shut on the ranch suggesting that Lennie has some kind of problem After supper and before going to sleep the two of them talk about their dream to own a piece of land The next day George and Lennie travel to the ranch to start work They are given two beds in the bunkhouse Then Old Candy introduces them to almost everybody
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