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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Setting South of San Francisco in the Salinas Valley of California probably during the depression of the 1930s three locations-along the banks of the Salinas River near the ranch in the ranch bank house and in the barn Background info George Milton has cared for his mentally slow friend Lennie Small Since the death of Lennies Aunt Clara They travel together to work a various amount of jobs so that one day they will have enough money to live on their own and be their own bosses Every time they have a job Lennie gets into some trouble which forces them to run away This time they are running from a town called Weed to a ranch where they could work as ranch hands Major Characters George Milton The small sharp-ranch hand who travels with Lennie George is a typical realistic hand who uses his mind to approach future obstacles Lennie Small A physically large man whose mind is slow he has a short attention span and acts like a child Lennie never could understand the consequences of his actions travels with and is cared for by George Slim A wise well-respected ranch hand whose word is law master craftsman who knows things without being told Carlson Ranch hand who is the exact opposite of Slim coarse and insensitive Carlson does not understand the feelings of those around him Candy The ranch hand who wanted to join the dream of George and Lennie Candys one faithful companion was his dog awaits the bleakness of the future of all the other ranch hands Crooks Names for his crooked body proud and independent Negro who also is an outcast on the ranch bitter against racial discrimination against him but Lennie and crooks accepted each other as time goes on also wants to join Lennie and Georges dream Curley The evil son of
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