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The book Of Mice and Men was set in the depression of the 1930s in California in a place called Soledad Men travelled around looking for any work they could find they had to leave their families and homes just to make some money Even firms and companies went bankrupt these were depressing and desperate times no hope and no future Without dreams no one would have a reason to keep going The character George is a small quick man with well defined features He is a migrant ranch worker he dreams of one day saving enough money to buy his own place and being his own boss many men in the depression dreamed of this His only set-back is his mentally handicapped friend Lennie who he travels with and has been with since he promised Lennies aunt Clara he would look after him after she died Looking after Lennie stops George from working towards his dream and even prevents him from having a normal life of a rancher because of this George and Lennie regularly fight George yearns for companionship and he likes Lennies company The tension of having to look after Lennie and himself shows in George He shows a wide variety of emotions during the novel from anger to patience and then to sadness Lennie is very slow and enormous He is Georges companion and he is the source of all of the novels story or he creates the story line He is completely opposite to George both mentally and physically Lennies seemingly innocence and helplessness and his childish actions such as his desire to pet soft things makes him likeable to the reader Lennies stupidity and carelessness cause him to accidentally harm and even kill animals and people this creates trouble for both George and Lennie Lennie is faithful to George he likes hearing about the dream that they have of owning a farm although not liking in the same
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