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Of Mice and Men characters

Reading for Aesthetic Purposes
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Amisa Ahmad

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men characters

Characters &
Characteristic

Major Characters
George Milton
Physical Appearance:
Small & Quick
Small Strong hands
Sharp, strong features
restless eyes
(19)

Personality:
Quick brain
Good talker
Quick temper
Understanding
Caring
Responsible
Character Analysis:
A good company
American Dreams
Cathouses and Poolrooms
A Man's work
Lennie Small
Physical Appearance :
Huge man
Shapeless face
large, pale eyes
wide
sloping shoulders
(19)
"Strong as a bull"
Personality :
Mental disablity
Childlike
Loves soft things
Innocent
Annoying
Excellent worker
Character Analysis :
Lennie & George
Mice, rabbits and puppy
Big Baby
Slim
Physical Appearance
Quiet
Insightful Man
Big & tall with long black hair
Lean hand
Personality :
A respectful leader
Strong
Fair-minded
Non-talkative
Character Analysis :
Naughty or nice?
Candy
Physical Appearance
Old man with a missing hand
Tall
Personality :
Alone with his dog.
Worries about his future
Character Analysis :
Man's best friend
Crooks
Physical Appearance
Black man with a crooked back
Personality :
Bookish
Likes to keep his room
neat
Proud and bitter man

Character Analysis
"Lennie!" he said sharply. "Lennie, for God' sakes don't drink so much." (1.6)
Lonely
"Well, we ain't got any … God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cathouse all night. I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. An' I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a pool room and play cards or shoot pool… An' whatta I got … I got you! You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time." (1.89)
After Lennie dies, George tells Slim, "I'll work my month an' I'll take my fifty bucks an' I'll stay all night in some lousy cat house. Or I'll set in some poolroom til ever'body goes home. An' then I'll come back an' work another month an' I'll have fifty bucks more" (5.79-80).
"shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot [his] dog" (3.234).
George tells Slim about the farm, saying, "—I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would" (5.78).
Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. He pushed himself back, drew up his knees, embraced them, looked over to George to see whether he had it just right. He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George's hat was. (1.10)
"No…you tell it. It ain't the same if I tell it. Go on…George. How I get to tend the rabbits" (1.121).
"But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it" (1.93-95).
"I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you" (1.115).
He likes to pet rabbits and mice and puppies and women's dresses, which is problematic when they end up (1) dead or (2) accusing him of rape.
"ain't mean" (3.28
)
George insists that he's "jes like a kid," and that "There ain't no more harm in him than a kid neither, except he's so strong" (3.44-45).

Lennie may only want to be loved and surrounded by soft things, but that's still too much.
Character Roles
Protagonist
George

Antagonist
Curley

Guide Mentor
Slim

Foil
Lennie and George

Carlson

A ranch-hand
Character Analysis

Physical Appearance
Personality
"Whyn't you get Candy to
shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away. Got no teeth, damn near blind, can't eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can't chew nothing else" (2.193).

"He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself" (3).
"I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I get old an' a cripple" (3).
Hate dog
Selfish
Mean
Curley
Physical Appearance
A thin young man
A brown face
Brown eyes
A head of tightly curled hair.
Wears a work glove on his left hand
Wears high-heeled boots
Candy lays it out for us:

Well . . . tell you what. Curley's like a lot of little guys.
He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy. You seen little guys like that, ain't you? Always scrappy? (2.91)
Napoleon Complex
Personality
Confrontational
Mean-spirited
Aggressive young man
Jealousy
Hate big guys
Curley's wife
Physical Appearance
A good-looking woman
Sweet and young
Wearing makeup
Form-fitting dresses
Ostrich-feathered high heels
full rouged lips
wide-spaced eyes,



Personality
Self-obsession
Flirty
Talkative
An annoying girl
Character Analysis
Poor Little Not-So-Rich Girl

"Awright," she said contemptuously. "Awright, cover 'im up if ya wanta. Whatta I care? You bindle bums think you're so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid? I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not jus' one, neither. An' a guy tol' me he could put me in pitchers…" She was breathless with indignation. "—Sat'iday night. Ever'body out doin' som'pin'. Ever'body! An' what am I doin'? Standin' here talkin' to a bunch of bindle stiffs—a nigger an' a dum-dum and a lousy ol' sheep—an' likin' it because they ain't nobody else." (4.102-103)
She also talks a lot (well, twice) about how she could "of went with shows. Not jus' one, either. An' a guy tol' me he could put me in pitchers" (4.102).
The meanness and the plannings and the
discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young. Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly. (5)
Looking free
She scornfully notes that they "left all the weak ones here" (4.92).

She cruelly cuts down Candy for his old age and meekness, Lennie for being "a dum dum," and—oh, yeah—she tells Crooks, "I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny" (4.120).
She took Lennie's hand and put it on her head.

"Feel right aroun' there an' see how soft it is."
Lennie's big fingers fell to stroking her hair.
...

"Look out, now, you'll muss it." And then she cried angrily, "You stop it now, you'll mess it all up." She jerked her head sideways, and Lennie's fingers closed on her hair and hung on. "Let go," she
cried. "You let go!" (5)
As Candy explains, "S'pose Curley jumps a big guy an' licks him. Ever'body says what a game guy Curley is. And s'pose he does the same thing and gets licked. Then ever'body says the big guy oughtta pick on somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy. Never did seem right to me. Seem like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance" (2.93).
Lonely woman
"I can tell a mean guy from a mile off" (3.28)
After Lennie crushes Curley's hand, Slim tells Curley what to do:
"I think you got your hand caught in a machine. If you don't tell nobody what happened, we ain't going to. But you jus' tell an' try to get this guy canned and we'll tell everybody, an' then will you get the laugh" (3.259-260).
Manly Man
He okays the mercy killing: Never you mind," he says to George: "A guy got to sometimes" (6.96). According to Slim's Man Code, if someone has to die, it's better to do it yourself. You can't let a stranger kill your friends.

As he tries to help the men attain their dream, he also reminds them of the possibility that it's going to fail—symbolized by his failure to kill his own dog. "I ought to of shot that dog myself," he tells George: "I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog" (3.234).
Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends.

Crooks said sharply, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." (4.7-8)
Crooks scowled, but Lennie's disarming smile defeated him. "Come on in and set a while," Crooks said. "'Long as you won't get out and leave me alone, you might as well set down." His tone was a little more friendly. (4.22)

Being Isolated
She knelt in the hay beside him. "Listen," she said. "All the guys got a horseshoe tenement goin' on. It's on'y about four o'clock. None of them guys is goin' to leave that tenement. Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely." (5)
Relationship between character
Curley & Curley's wife
Loveless marriage
Aunt Clara
Lennie's Aunt, who raised Lennie.
she was a kind, patient woman who took good care of Lennie and gave him plenty of mice to pet.
she is recently deceased.She appears in Lennie's head after he kills Curley's wife, scolding him.
When she died, Lennie left her home and went working with George.
She appears to George after he accidentally kills Curley’s wife.
After Lennie accidentally kill's Curley's wife he sees an apparition of Aunt Clara. Her vision bawls Lennie out and reminds him of all the good thing George has done for him.
Whit
A "young laboring man" who works on the ranch.
is a ranch hand that seemingly does nothing through the course of the novel. the only part he plays is when he brings in a letter from a long lost friend. This shows their longing for friendship
The boss
Curley’s father
The stocky
Well-dressed man
in charge of the ranch. The ranch is owned by "a big land company" according to Candy.
Carlson
He is never named and appears
only once, but seems to be a fair-
minded man. Candy happily reports
that the boss once delivered a gallon
of whiskey to the ranch-hands on
Christmas Day.

one of the ranch workers that George and Lennie meet.
He's a bitter, coarse, ugly man who only thinks about himself
not a very joyful person to be around
lacks concern for other people's feelings
he was the one shot Candy's dog.

character analysis

Carlson may be the least interesting important character. We learn about all we need to know from when he tells Slim, "Whyn't you get Candy to shoot his old dog and give him one of the pups to raise up? I can smell that dog a mile away. Got no teeth, damn near blind, can't eat. Candy feeds him milk. He can't chew nothing else" (2.193). And later, he really hammers it home: "He ain't no good to you, Candy. An' he ain't no good to himself" (3).



After years of working on a ranch and only looking out for himself, Carlson has become mean. He's a bitter, coarse, ugly man who only thinks about himself and apparently can't even understand why Candy would hem and haw about shooting the only friend he's ever had.

Of course, that doesn't mean he's wrong. As Slim points out, he's actually right: "I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I get old an' a cripple" (3). The problem is his delivery. Where Slim seems to understand and honor Candy's feelings, Carlson just thinks he's being a big weenie. We get the feeling that Slim would have stood next to Candy and patted him on the back while he shot his dog—but he wouldn't have done it himself. Nope. It takes a man like Carlson to shoot someone else's do

Minor Character
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