Character profile for Whit from Of Mice and Men (page 1)
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Of Mice and Men
George Milton The protagonist and main character of the book. He is a caring, compassionate, and understanding human being who dreams of owning his own piece of land " 'an live offa the fat of the land". Physically, he is a small and intelligent man with strong features. He is Lennie's cousin. He made a promise to Lennie's mother when she died to take of Lennie. Lennie Small The obedient friend of George. Ironically, Lennie Small is a big, strong man.
Reviewed by Malena Eljumaily. This production proves how powerful live theater can be. They learn the ropes from Candy Robert Zelenka who lost his hand some years ago and now can do little more than sweep up around the bunkhouse and fuss over his smelly old dog. They soon meet the Boss Steve Thorpe who seems all right and a few of the other ranch hands, including the muleskinner Slim Chris Johnston. George can smell trouble there even before he learns that Curley has a new wife Crystal Carpenter Wilson who likes to flit around the ranch ostensibly looking for her husband but more practically looking for trouble.
Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own. But after they come to work on a ranch in the Salinas Valley their hopes, like "the best laid schemes o' mice an' men," begin to go awry. Steinbeck has touched the quick. Steinbeck's chapters are unnumbered; shown here are page numbers to the penguin edition. Hot Thursday late afternoon. George and Lennie spend the night by the Salinas River, a few miles south of Soledad. They plan to start work the next day and dream of a future farm where Lennie can tend rabbits.
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck based the novella on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a teenager in the s before the arrival of the Okies that he would describe in The Grapes of Wrath. While it is a book taught in many schools,  Of Mice and Men has been a frequent target of censors for vulgarity, and what some consider offensive, ableist and racist language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association 's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century. Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression—George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a bulky, strong man but mentally disabled —are in Soledad on their way to another part of California. They hope to one day attain the dream of settling down on their own piece of land. Lennie's part of the dream is merely to tend and pet rabbits on the farm, as he loves touching soft animals, although he always kills them. This dream is one of Lennie's favorite stories, which George constantly retells.
George Milton. A migrant worker who travels from farm to farm with his mentally impaired friend Lennie during the Depression. The two dream of earning enough money to buy a small farm where Lennie can tend rabbits. By virtue of his mental superiority, George assumes a dominant role with Lennie, acting as a parent. Because Lennie tends to involve George in difficult predicaments, George must be responsible, level-headed and ready to deal with any tragedy that may arise. Despite the many problems that Lennie causes George, he stays with his simple-minded friend as a buffet against loneliness and he retains a palpable hope that the two will eventually leave the aimless life of a migrant worker to live a more fulfilling existence. Lennie Small.
Click the character infographic to download. Crooks named for his crooked back is the stable hand who works with the ranch horses. He lives by himself because he is the only black man on the ranch. Crooks is bookish and likes to keep his room neat, but he has been so beaten down by loneliness and prejudicial treatment of that he is now suspicious of any kindness he receives. Lennie's brief interaction with Crooks reveals the complexity of racial prejudice in the northern California ranch life. Though Crooks was born in California not like many Southern blacks who had migrated, he implies , he is still always made to feel like an outsider, even in his home state. Crooks is painfully aware that his skin color is all that keeps him separate in this culture.