This novel is set while George and Lennie are in a small working ranch in the Salinas Valley of northern California, and over a period of 3 days we are introduced to a variety of characters that also live on the ranch. Furthermore, Curley is immediately compared with his father, the boss of the ranch.
Plot[ edit ] Two migrant field workers in California during the Great DepressionGeorge Milton Burgess Meredithan intelligent and quick-witted man despite his frequent claims of being "not that smart"and Lennie Small Lon Chaney Jr. Lennie's part of the dream, which he never tires of hearing George describe, is merely to tend to and touch soft rabbits on the farm.
George protects Lennie at the beginning by telling him that if Lennie gets into trouble George won't let him "tend them rabbits. While on a bus en route to the new ranch, Lennie — who, because of his mental disability, is prone to forget the simplest things or phrases but can only remember about the rabbits—asks George where they are going.
George is annoyed about this and tells him about the work cards they got at the bus entrance, which Lennie does remember, but incorrectly remembers having them in his pocket, since George has both of them. After being dropped off 10 Of mice and men and slim from their destination, George and Lennie decide to camp for the night by the Salinas River.
When George points to Lennie the river, he runs to the river and dunks his whole head in it, drinking from it like an animal. George soon catches Lennie petting a dead bird, takes it away from him and throws it to the other side of the river for safety reasons.
When Lennie hears that they are going have beans for dinner, he requests ketchup, to which George responds that they do not have any. At night, as George and Lennie are eating beans for dinner, Lennie requests for the same thing, with George responding angrily, stating that whatever they do not have is what Lennie always wants to have.
This leaves Lennie puzzled, as he forgot that first response from earlier. This also causes George to have a long speech about Lennie's ungratefulness, childlike behavior and why they had to escape from Weed.
Eventually, George eases the tensions by telling Lennie his favorite story about their future farm before going to sleep. The next day, they arrive at the ranch near Soledad. They meet Candy Roman Bohnenthe aged, one-handed ranch-hand with his ageing dog he raised since it was a puppy.
After meeting with the ranch boss, Jackson Oscar O'Sheathe pair are confronted by Curley, the small-statured jealous and violent son of the ranch owner, who threatens to beat Lennie to a pulp because of his height, as Curley hates men who are of large stature.
To make matters worse, Curley's seductive, yet sadistic and conniving wife, Mae Betty Fieldto whom Lennie is instantly attracted, flirts with the other ranch hands. George orders Lennie not to look at, or even talk to, her, as he senses the troubles that Mae could bring to the men.
One night, Mae enters the barn in an attempt to talk with Slim Charles Bickford. Even when Mae explains how her life has been during the Depression, Slim refuses to listen to her and shuns her, saying "You got no troubles, except what you bring on yourself" and tells her to go back to the house.
When this statement causes Mae to sob, Slim is forced to give in and let her talk. Back at the bunkhouse, Candy offers to join with George and Lennie after Carlson puts down his dog, so they can buy the farm and the dream appears to move closer to reality.
Curley appears and makes a scene in the bunkhouse as the workers mock him after he accused Slim of keeping company with his wife.
George and Lennie's dream is over-shadowed when Curley catches Lennie laughing, grabs him from his bunk and starts punching him in the face repeatedly. Instead of fighting back, Lennie asks for help from George, who tells him to fight back. Upon hearing George say this, Lennie catches Curley's hand and crushes it, not letting go until he finds out what he did.
Slim gives Curley an ultimatum: If Curley does tell his father in retribution to get Lennie and George fired, Slim will tell everyone what happened. Curley is told, for this reason, to say that he got his hand caught in a piece of machinery. On Saturday night, everyone, except Lennie, Candy and Crooks Leigh Whipper because of his raceare in town, enjoying themselves.
Crooks asks Lennie to stay in his room and Lennie explains to him about the farm that he, George and Candy are going to own, forgetting his promise to George not to tell this to anyone.Of Mice and Men: Slim Slim is an interesting character in the novel, ‘Of Mice and Men’.
Steinbeck presents him as a god-like figure who has natural authority . Slim Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men The timeline below shows where the character Slim appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are . Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John vetconnexx.comhed in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States..
Steinbeck based the novella on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a. This screen adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic novel is a harsh, fantastic film that took the wind out of me with its frank and brutal depiction of desperation and longing.
Slim The jerkline skinner at the ranch, Slim is a seemingly ageless man who carries himself with great gravity. He gives Lennie one of his new litter of puppies to care for. Slim is a very small but significant character in 'of mice and men'.
He is the foreman on the ranch owned by Curley's father, without him we wouldn't see the difference betwee n how the "ranch hands" respect Curley to how they respect Slim.