Since he is the only one who wants to keep the dog, Candy reluctantly gives in and lets Carlson shoot his old friend. Dejectedly remembering his place, Crooks retracts his offer. Candy tells Lennie that he has been thinking about it and might know of a way that their farm can make money with the rabbits that Lennie so desperately wants to keep. Lennie is somewhat mentally challenged. Trying to silence her, he unintentionally breaks her neck and kills her. George describes it, as he has done many times before, and while Lennie is smiling with pleasure and envisioning the rabbits he will tend, George shoots Lennie at the back of his neck. As a result of being a frequent target of censors, Of Mice and Men appears on the 's list of the Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century number 4.
Lennie even fantasizes about living in a cave like a bear. John Steinbeck grew up in and around Salinas, California. He then and kills Lennie, with Curley, Slim, and Carlson arriving seconds after. There is an undercurrent of awkwardness but the men soon warm to each others company and Crooks enjoys having visitors. Of Mice and Men has been proposed for censorship 54 times since it was published in 1936. Lennie cannot remember where they are going, and George, annoyed, reminds him about their jobs.
In 1925, when he was in his early twenties, Steinbeck moved to New York City and began trying to form a career as a writer. Just then, Curley's wife walks into the barn and offers up her hair as a petting object. A bus driver recently let them out and told them the ranch was nearby. Instead he moved to New York in 1925 to become a freelance writer. They stop at a stream for the evening, deciding to go to the ranch in the morning. These two men were run off of their last ranch in Weeds, California because Lennie tries to pet some girls dress because it looked soft.
The world that the characters live in is well described by Steinbeck and made to be relate-able even though the problems they face are perhaps more involved then most of us have to deal with. Archived from on October 29, 2013. Lennie is frightened of how George is going to react when he finds out that the puppy is dead. As he once more describes the farm they're going to own and Lennie loses himself in imagination, George shoots Lennie in the back of the head with Carlson's gun. They're broke and looking for work on the farms of Northern California. She tells him how she could have been in the movies, but Lennie continues rambling about the rabbits on their farm.
There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. He calls for George who realizes quickly what happened. They had fled from after Lennie touched a young woman's dress and wouldn't let go, leading to an accusation of. Characters I was a bindlestiff myself for quite a spell. It is impossible not to love it. He takes it from Lennie, who begins to whimper. The men appear, and Curley and Carlson congratulate George.
There is the sound of the men returning, so Curley's wife leaves. Anyone have a spare tissue? He assigns the two men to work under a man named Slim. George had to help him out because Lennie couldn't swim. George asks him about their boss and Candy tells him that although he was a bit perturbed about their late arrival, overall he is a nice man. Steinbeck's plots are as simple and finely honed as his characters. The men in the house discover what has happened, and so does George, so he hurries to meet Lennie at the designated place.
George asks Candy to wait a few minutes before he calls the others; then he slips into the bunkhouse and steals Carlson's Luger. However, a newspaper strike negatively affected the production and it closed after six weeks. The play was revived in a 1974 Broadway production in the starring as George and as Lennie. We recommend this gripping tale to everyone! Of Mice and Men Epilogue Lennie is afraid of what he did, and he escapes back to that camping place that George pointed as a meeting spot if someone of them ever gets into trouble. While Lennie thinks about how he can explain the dead puppy to George, Curley's wife enters. Then Lennie comes back and announces that Slim and Curley were discussing his wife in the barn, so Whit and Carlson think there might be a fight, so they leave.
That evening, everyone goes into town, except for Crooks, the crippled Negro stable buck, and Candy, Lennie, and Curley's wife. The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. Later that week, Lennie tells Crooks about the plans to buy a farm, and Crooks says he would like to join them and work for nothing. Soon, when the people return to the house, they also meet the mule driver called Slim. As it turns out, the lies work, and they are hired.
One of these restrictions is the fact that Crooks has to sleep in a different area of the ranch then the rest of the farm hands, an old stable. After George tells Lennie to defend himself, he crashes Curleys hand. That Sunday, Lennie is sitting in the barn stroking the puppy, who has died. George comes in and scolds Candy for telling Crooks about their farm. Lennie panics and shakes her, breaking her neck. She worries about him messing it up though, and as she wriggles to avoid a ruined hairdo, Lennie panics and, again accidentally, breaks her neck and kills her. Only Slim comprehends the truth, and he takes George off up the footpath for a drink.
Crooks, the stable buck, peeks in soon after to call Slim away, so George is left talking to Whit, another ranch hand, who tells George about Susy's place where the men sometimes go for male entertainment. Make that a parent who swears a lot. The sound of the gunshot brings the other men to the clearing and George tells them that he found Lennie and wrestled the gun away from him, shooting him in the process. But, we do not believe him, since you can see that he cares for his friend deeply and that he is only afraid that he will get some disease from the dead animal. Lennie is an optimist and a dreamer above all else and is horrified by his mistake in killing the woman.