Of Mice and Guy Chapter Summary
Chapter Analysis Chapter One 2 travelling employees, George and Lennie, are presented. They rest in a small clearing by the Salinas River, on their way to a close-by cattle ranch where they anticipate to sign on for work. They have actually hurriedly left the last cattle ranch, following an event involving Lennie in Weed. Lennie pleads with George to inform him over and over once again about their dream cattle ranch, where Lennie’s main task will be to tend the rabbits. Lennie’s Aunt Clara, whom he describes as “that Woman”, is quickly presented to the unique, as is Lennie’s love of petting mice. Key Points: – Introduction of George and Lennie– character descriptions (p. 9-20) – We first become aware of the American Dream (p. 31-33) – First tips of what took place in Weed (p. 24, 29) Chapter 2 The next day George and Lennie arrive at the ranch and go to the bunk house, where they fulfill most of the other primary characters in the novel: Candy, an old “swamper” with only one hand; Curley, the boss’s son; in charge, who is suspicious that George will not let Lennie promote himself; Curley’s “purty” young spouse, who flirts with the other males; Slim, the leading ranch hand who is respected by all the other cattle ranch hands; and Carlson, another of the established hands.
Slim gets along towards George and Lennie. His bitch dog has actually just recently given birth to puppies and begs George to ask him if he will offer one to Lennie as an animal. Key Points: – Intro of the other characters (and reference of Crooks, the stable buck)– character descriptions are throughout the chapter – We can begin to see the hierarchy on the cattle ranch– introduction of Curley (p. 46-48)– introduction of Slim (p. 55-57)– CONTRAST – Introduction of Curley’s spouse– essential for the style of sexist mindsets towards women? (p. 53-54) Chapter 3
George exposes to Slim the genuine reason that he and Lennie take a trip together. Slim understands that Lennie has the mindset of a child. George tells Slim about the expected rape in Weed involving Lennie. Carlson bullies Sweet into allowing him to shoot his aging, stinky, rheumatic pet. George, at Lennie’s insistence, describes to him once again their dream farm, and Sweet who is eavesdroping, likewise becomes captivated by the concept. Curley begins a battle with Lennie and at George’s command Lennie eventually unleashes his strength and squashes Curley’s hand with ease.
Slim convinces Curley that to avoid further embarrassment, it would be in his best interests to pretend that his hand got captured in a machine. Key Points: – Additional character development of George and Lennie– reader gets more of an insight into their previous together– George’s “confession” of how he used to deal with Lennie (p. 65-66) – Shooting of Sweet’s dog– a forewarning of what is to occur to Lennie? Since the relationship between Sweet and his pet dog could be viewed as comparable to George and Lennie’s. (p. 0-72 … 74-76) – George and Lennie realise their dream could come true, as Sweet gets included, and the 3 understand they could conserve the cash together (p. 83-89) Chapter Four All the males go into town on Saturday night other than Lennie, Sweet and Scoundrels. Criminals hesitantly enables Lennie into his room where they talk and Crooks taunts Lennie that George might not return, leaving Lennie on his own. Lennie starts to worry at this idea and Crooks is forced to apologise in an effort to soothe Lennie down. Sweet joins them and he and Lennie let slip to Crooks their objective to purchase a farm.
They are interrupted by Curley’s wife, who is trying to find company. Sweet and Criminals resent her presence and when Scoundrels orders her out of his space, she assaults him verbally, using her remarkable social status as a white lady. Key Points – Proper meeting of Crooks’ character– insight into life as a coloured guy in 1930’s America and the hardships he has actually suffered. (p. 98-105) – Character advancement of Curley’s wife– a sense of vulnerability is exposed about her as she explains how her life could have been if she wasn’t married to Curley– the grim truth of life is revealed when she assaults the 3 men when they inform her to leave. p. 109-115) Chapter 5 Most of the men are outside the barn playing at throwing horseshoes. Only Lennie remains in the barn, where he has simply accidentally eliminated his pup by stroking it too hard. Curley’s better half comes in and begins to flirt with Lennie who confesses to her his liking for rubbing nice things. She welcomes him to stroke her long, soft hair, but as his rubbing ends up being harder, she panics; the harder her strokes the more she worries and in the end, Lennie inadvertently breaks her neck. He half buries her body in the hay and runs off.
Sweet finds Curley’s partner’s body and notifies the rest of the men. Curley is furious and decides to look for revenge, organising a man-hunt to pursue and kill Lennie. Slim recommends that Curley stay with his partner, but Curley reveals his real sensations for her as he is more concerned about getting vengeance on Lennie that grieving for the loss of his other half. Unwillingly, George signs up with the hunt. Key Points: – More advancement of Lennie– a violent side to him which was always present is displayed in the severe, although it is made clear that Lennie suggested no damage– eliminating the puppy (p. 21)– killing of Curley’s Spouse (p. 127-128) – CHARACTER ADVANCEMENT– Curley’s Partner’s dream to become an actress, how her dream never exercised (p. 124-125)– in death she appears more susceptible and innocent, and the most positive way in which Curley’s better half is portrayed throughout the novel is in death– (p. 129) – Character advancement of Candy– the importance of the dream to him in particular is revealed (p. 132) – Curley’s lack of love for his wife even when she has been eliminated– all he thinks about is revenge (p. 133, 135)
Chapter 6 George meets up with Lennie at the cleaning where he had advised Lennie to go in the occasion of any trouble. Lennie is panicking and George attempts to relax him down by telling him once again about their dream cattle ranch. George sidetracks Lennie’s attention and shoots him in the back of the head with Carlson’s Luger handgun which he had stolen from the bunk house. The other males come going to where George and Lennie were on hearing the gun shot. When Carlson asks George how he killed Lennie, George responds tiredly “I just done it”.
Slim kindly tells George he “hadda” eliminate Lennie, and the two choose a beverage. The unique ends: “Curley and Carlson cared for them. And Carlson stated, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them 2 men?” Key Points: – The novel ends where it started– by the Salinas River with George and Lennie by the brush – CHARACTER ADVANCEMENT of Lennie– for the very first time, the reader gets an insight into Lennie’s mind as he hallucinates, whereas prior to throughout the unique Lennie appears simplified and not much sensation is shown.?) – Lennie’s death– like Candy’s dog, but George does it himself– Candy desires he had actually killed his pet dog himself. – Bond formed between Slim and George, which, like George and Lennie’s bond, seems unusual and strange to the other guys– Carlson, who maybe has never ever known such a close bond in between travelling workers, says “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”– He will never ever comprehend the close bond Slim and George now share.