Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The protagonists of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck are George and Lennie, two seasonal workers who go from one farm to another, earning their living from working the land. The incursions into the life story and the history of the two are rare and reserved, but we know that they are childhood friends and Lennie – named with an ironic touch, Small – despite his impressive physique and fantastic strength that he has in hands, is clearly disadvantaged intellectually, probably not exceeding the mental development of a child of 10 years old. The destiny of the two will change dramatically when they reach to a farm near the town of Soledad, at south-east of Salinas, California.

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The one that will trigger the chain of events that will irreversibly derail the course of life of those on the farm is Curley’s wife (the son of a farm owner where the two work as fruit pickers), a woman considered beautiful but frivolous and ostentatious. Speculating Lennie’s obvious instability and being hopelessly in love with her own image, she cannot help from flirting with the only man in the region who due to his structural naivety, will not know and will not be able to reject her advances. Of Mice and Men is not a long story and apparently is simple, but above all is shocking.