Although most migrant workers travel alone, George finds comfort in traveling with his companion.
They hope Of mice and men george milton one day attain the dream of settling down on their own piece of land. In contrast, the pair also meets Candy, an elderly ranch handyman with one hand and a loyal dog, and Slim, an intelligent and gentle jerkline-skinner whose dog has recently had a litter of puppies.
Slim gives a puppy to Lennie and Candy, whose loyal, accomplished sheep dog was put down by fellow ranch-hand Carlson. Nevertheless, George feels more relaxed, to the extent that he even leaves Lennie behind on the ranch while he goes into town with the other ranch hands.
Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers racially.
Candy finds them and they discuss their plans for the farm with Crooks, who cannot resist asking them if he can hoe a garden patch on the farm albeit scorning its possibility. However, her spiteful side is shown when she belittles them and threatens Crooks to have him lynched.
The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy while stroking it. Lennie becomes frightened, and unintentionally breaks her neck thereafter and runs away. When the other ranch hands find the corpse, George realizes that their dream is at an end.
George hurries to find Lennie, hoping he will be at the meeting place they designated in case he got into trouble. George meets Lennie at the place, their camping spot before they came to the ranch.
He then shoots and kills Lennie, with Curley, Slim, and Carlson arriving seconds after.
Only Slim realizes what happened, and consolingly leads him away. Curley and Carlson look on, unable to comprehend the subdued mood of the two men.
Characters I was a bindlestiff myself for quite a spell. I worked in the same country that the story is laid in. The characters are composites to a certain extent. Lennie was a real person. I worked alongside him for many weeks. He killed a ranch foreman. Got sore because the boss had fired his pal and stuck a pitchfork right through his stomach.
I hate to tell you how many times I saw him do it. His friendship with Lennie helps sustain his dream of a better future.
He was bound in teasing Lennie since he was young. He is described by Steinbeck in the novel as "small and quick," every part of him being "defined," with small strong hands on slender arms. He has a dark face and "restless eyes" and "sharp, strong features" including a "thin, bony nose.
A mentally disabledbut gigantic and physically strong man who travels with George and is his constant companion.
His love for soft things conspires against him, mostly because he does not know his own strength, and eventually becomes his undoing. An aging ranch handyman, Candy lost his hand in an accident and worries about his future on the ranch. A "jerkline skinner," the main driver of a mule team and the "prince of the ranch".
Slim is greatly respected by many of the characters and is the only character whom Curley treats with respect. His insight, intuition, kindness and natural authority draw the other ranch hands automatically towards him, and he is significantly the only character to fully understand the bond between George and Lennie.
He is described by others, with some irony, as "handy", partly because he likes to keep a glove filled with vaseline on his left hand. He is very jealous and protective of his wife and immediately develops a dislike toward Lennie. At one point, Curley loses his temper after he sees Lennie appear to laugh at him, and ends up with his hand horribly damaged after Lennie fights back against him.
A young, pretty woman, who is mistrusted by her husband. Lennie tries to stop her yelling and eventually, and accidentally, kills her by breaking her neck.
Crooks, the black stable-hand, gets his name from his crooked back. Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden.
A blind dog who is described as "old", "stinky", and "crippled", and is killed by Carlson.Of Mice and Men follows him toward a difficult realization that the world is designed to prey on the weak. At the start of the novella, George is something of an idealist.
At the start of the novella, George is something of an idealist. George Milton fears that his long-time friend and travelling companion, Lennie Small, will one day get them both into deep trouble.
In fact this has already happened on previous occasions prior to. George Milton is our hero, a roving farmworker who is "small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features [with] small, strong hands, slender arms, and thin and bony nose" ().
George Milton Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men The timeline below shows where the character George Milton appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
By saying "Oh, so it's that way," Curley is essentially accusing Lennie and George of being gay. But George doesn't take the bait.
It just shows how pathetic Curley is . Representative of the dispossessed white males of the Great Depression, George Milton exemplifies the dignity of the man who, despite his disenfranchisement, maintains his self-respect and purpose.