CHARACTER ANALYSIS

George

George is the second main character and one of the protagonist after Lennie in Of Mice and Men. When Lennie gets into trouble, He always helps him find a solution or get away, though Lennie’s size combined with his mental handicap caused problems frequently. He is also a planner, telling Lennie where he should go if there is trouble on the ranch. To make the dream which is owing a ten-acre farm becomes a reality, He’s competent to work hard. Unlike the other ranch hands that squander their money on women and drink, George refuses to spend a dime in vain, saving everything to make the dream happen. He wants to buy the farm so that he and Lennie can live there, free from problems and constraints caused by society. Sometimes George is portrayed as a short-tempered, for he gets frustrated with Lennie’s slowness. Several times George thinks about what he could do if Lennie were not around, but it was only momentary thoughts. Because of George’s concern so much about Lennie, he can’t allow him to die brutally at the hands of Curley and the angry ranch hands. After painting the picture of the farm in Lennie’s mind one last time, he takes Carlson’s pistol and mercifully shoots his friend, in a totally selfless act of kindness. It was a terribly difficult thing for George to do. In the ending, Steinbeck shows us the feeling lost and alone of George without his faithful companion and without a dream to keep him going. Proofs :

 “The first man… sharp, strong features.” (Ch.1 p.19)  “So you forgot that…a crazy bastard!” [shows his temper, impatient, bullies
Lennie] – (Ch.1 p.21)

George is totally kind. that give a damn about us” [shows he’s a thinker related when he compares their relationship to other lonely soul. Lennie loves soft things and animals which he accidentally kills because of possesses incredible physical strength without realize or understand his own strength. almost like a god.” [he’s such a protective. According to Lennie.2 p. faithful.2 p. “Guys like us… they don’t belong no place” & “with us it ain’t like that. make them different] – (Ch.45)  “Hide till’ I come for you… say that over.” [show his protective yet defensive] – (Ch. and able to sense danger] – (Ch.. Lennie is dreaming about the farm and the rabbits .1 p. He constantly dreams of raising soft rabbits to be his pets on the farm. when he and George talk by the stream. Even though Lennie didn’t know how to swim. George is the apple of Lennie’s eyes for his kind caretaker.52)  Lennie Lennie is George’s friend and companion consistently. Lennie again senses trouble and begs George to get the farm quickly. At the end of the story. He tries hard to remember everything George tells him to do and obeys him implicitly without asking any questions. He senses that there are problems on the ranch and with Curley and begs George to take him away to the farm. His childlike innocence allows him to take an active role in George's dream of owning a farm. When George pulls the trigger. who is mentally dumb and always depend on George in difficult situations. and good. clever. By having their dream. he jumped in a river one time when George jokingly told him to do so.44)  “You was pokin’… nosey. lies for him though he’s in mad] – (Ch.2 p.31-2)  “He’s my… cousin” [indicated that he really cares for Lennie.

He lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. George..5 p. cannot remember] – (Ch. Crooks is intrigued by Lennie's plan to own a farm until Curley's wife enters and breaks his spirit by saying disgusting comments that the black man right back into his "place" as inferior to a white woman.120 & p. He continues until Lennie threatens to hurt him.101)  “Lennie sat in the barn and looked at the little dead puppy. 1 p..” [a childlike style.” [uncontrolled power/doesn’t know his own strength. Crooks refuses to say the woman is wrong.31 & Ch.” [Lennie’s dream] – (Ch.” & “Lennie began to cry.20-1)  “Lennie droned. imitated George exactly. The first clue indicated the foreshadowing] – (Ch. he accepts the fact that he lives with ever-present racial discrimination.. even in his home state Maybe because of his color skin keeps him separate in this culture. Though Crooks was born in California.Proofs :  “Lennie. tend no rabbits.1 p.4 p.” [copies George} – (Ch. He deny what the other men. I ain’t gonna say nothin’. he is still always made to feel like an outsider. from being kicked by a horse ) is the old stable hand who works with the ranch horses.121)  Crooks Crooks (named for his crooked back.. We’re gonna do it. who had been. rabbit” & “it ain’t no lie. by saying he . Victim of racial prejudice and unequal treatment. Instead.1 p. Lennie shows up in his room uninvited and Crooks frightens him into thinking George isn't coming back. as a result he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives.24)  “Go on. Gonna get a little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’..

We never learn her name. . lined with pain.. She sits beside Lennie in the barn.4 p. in the process he breaks her neck. but on knowing that no matter how he feels. She has married Curley only because she had no other offers. It seems Crooks defines his own notion of himself not based on what he believes he’s worth. the eye patient. Curley’s wife feels very lonely and isolated. Lennie panics. Characters in the novel refer to her as a tart and a tramp.116)  Curley’s wife A pretty. Then she asks him to stroke her hair.” [Crook’s description] – (Ch. Proofs :  Fight at Xmas [seen as a lower] – (Ch.” [Curley’s wife uses society’s prejudices to put Crooks down] – (Ch. It is a fatal mistake for her. other than Lennie and George. He covers her mouth and shakes her to be quiet.41)  “The boss gives him hell when he’s mad” [shows he as a victim] – (Ch2 p. jus’ foolin’. When she screams out of fear for his strength. because Lennie cannot be gentle. It is her loneliness and her flirtatious ways that lead her to her death. lonely women who dreams of being a film star but but the man who was supposed to help her get in the movies failed her.had "forgotten himself" because they’d treated him so well. a lean negro head. even though he protests against it. She is a coarse.” [mentally down by Curley’s wife humiliating words] – (Ch.2 p.113)  “Member what I said.4 p. others around him will always value him as less. Like all the characters on the ranch. vulgar woman who wears too much make-up and flirts with every ranch hand.41)  “The door opened quietly..3 p.77)  “I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t funny.

111)  “I get so lonely.” & “Curley lashed.. He has been married a fortnight..4 p. I… a tart.2 p.. When Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife.53)  Well.” [indicated an isolation] – (Ch. Curley symbolizes the bullying of the weak by the privileged. for he mercifully kills Lennie to save him from Curley’s wrath and a brutal death. visiting brothels on Saturday nights. her husband shows no mercy. he became an angry ex-boxer who is always ready to pick a fight.. He quickly organizes a search party to look for Lennie and promises to kill him immediately. how’d you like not to talk to nobody. getting into it for?” [act of aggressive] – (Ch. He is overly possessive of his wife and suspects that every man on the ranch desires her. Ironically. George stands in the way of Curley’s being able to get his revenge. he could put me in pitchers.Proofs :  “A girl was standing.5 p. mean-spirited boss's son who picks on Lennie (until Lennie crushes his hand in a fight). he is an immoral character.2 p.” [Candy has a lower opinion of her flirting] (Ch.4 p.114)  “You bindle bums.” [disillusioned with marriage] – (Ch. Though he seems to love his wife. To make up for his small size.. brittle quality” [her full description] (Ch.49-50)  “I’m glad you bust Curley up… I’d like to bust him myself.122-3)  Curley He is the confrontational.2 p. Proofs :  “He glanced coldly. nasal.” [her dream = film star] – (Ch.46 & 47) . calculating and pugnacious.

2 p. which is not only old and crippled but also stinks and blind is dead.2 p.. He instinctively knows who has killed Curley’s wife and what will happen to Lennie.” He is left only with the reality of his lonely and isolated existence on the ranch..131)  Slim .3 p..3 p. George?” [passive. Candy from Of Mice and Men symbolizes the mass of men who cannot retire but are no longer able to work. “Curley’s like a lot of little guys. “His eyes are blinded with tears.51)  “Curley’s burst into room. nor he don’t ast no questions. As he realizes there will not be a farm without Lennie. he ain’t a big guy.80)  Candy An elderly man who has lost one hand in an accident on the ranch. he latches on to George and Lennie's dream of owning their own farm and offers to donate his life saving to become a part of it in order to live his last days with a feeling of peace and belonging.” [a fighter. Proofs :  “At last. [feels insecure of his wife and her status] – (Ch. a follower] – (Ch. After his only companion. a dog. a loner] – (Ch.5 p. looks for guidance. a threat to Lennie. To build a tension] – (Ch..74)  “I didn’t hear nothing.45)  “What we gonna do now. and stared at the ceiling [very sad about his death’s dog but has no power] – (Ch. seen my wife?” he demanded.” [Willing to please.

here’s another :  “You guys. protects George.Slim is a respected mule-driver.107)  “Slim came directly.” [not a judgmental person and good listener] – (Ch. He is antithesis of Curley. “His ears heard more than was said to him. smelly dog. . receptive. May be everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other. When Candy finally agrees. thoughtful man. confidence without demanding it. and his slow speech had overtones not of thought. it is Slim who convinces him not to tell anyone about his fight with Lennie.2 p. he is treated with respect on the ranch. The proofs are in the italic. Example : George confide in him] – (Ch..A ranch-hand. I don’t know why. and respect him] – (Ch. and an expert worker who everyone looks up to.” He is a good judge of people and quickly understands. Carlson promises to execute the task without causing the animal any suffering. Carlson complains bitterly about Candy’s old. very close to him. Steinbeck portrays him as a thinker. He then insists upon taking George into town and buying him a drink.3 p.148)  Carlson .” [trustworthy person.65)  “Guys don’t come into a colored guy’s room very much.57)  “Slim neither encourage. Slim is a tall. Nobody been here but Slim. “Ain’t many guys travel around together. a natural leader. As a result.6 p. Later. When Lennie crushes Curley’s hand. “Lennie ain’t mean”.” [understand.” He is quite surprised to see the loyalty and companionship of George and Lennie and comments. that in spite of his size..” [lack of prejudice] – (Ch. but of understanding beyond thought. He is also the only one to understand why George has shot Lennie at the end of the novel and reassures him that he had to do it.4 p. He convinces Candy to put the dog out of its misery.. George uses Carlson’s gun to shoot Lennie.

as a vision chastising Lennie for causing trouble for George. and Curley’s father. . He is never named and appears only once. The Boss . but seems to be a fair-minded man. she was a kind. patient woman who took good care of Lennie and gave him plenty of mice to pet.The stocky.A ranch-hand.Lennie’s aunt. By all accounts.  Aunt Clara . Candy happily reports that the boss once delivered a gallon of whiskey to the ranch-hands on Christmas Day. does not actually appear in the novel except at the end. well-dressed man in charge of the ranch. who cared for him until her death.  Whit .