Analysis of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
Two men emerge from the path along the Salinas River that runs a fewmiles south of Soledad, California. Travelling to a nearby farm forwork, they were let off by the bus driver several miles away. The twomen walk in a single file path down to a deep pool near the river.Both men, George Milton and Lennie Small, wear denim trousers andcoats. George is small and quick, dark of face with restless eyes andstrong, sharp features. Every part of him is defined. Lennie, whowalks behind him, is an enormous man with wide, sloping shoulders.Lennie drinks long gulps from the pool, and George admonishes him,telling him that he will get sick again, for the water may be dirty.George warns him that he should never drink water that isn’t running.Lennie imitates the way that George wears his hat. Lennie, who ismentally deficient, asks George where they are going, and George inturn scolds him for forgetting. Lennie claims that he remembers aboutthe rabbits, the only part of their plan that he can ever remember.George notices that Lennie has his hands in his pockets, and asks whathe has. It is a dead mouse, which Lennie kept to pet with his thumb asthey walked. George explains to Lennie that they are going to work ona ranch like the one in Weed from which they came, and tells Lennienot to speak when they get to the ranch, for their boss will thinkthat Lennie is insane. He also warns him not to do the things thatcaused them to be run out of Weed. George makes Lennie hand over thedead mouse, and tells him that he might get him a live mouse if he cantake care of it. Lennie remembers that a woman (whom George identifiesas his Aunt Clara) would give mice to him, but George reminds Lenniethat he always killed them. They eat cans of beans for dinner, andLennie tells George that he likes them with ketchup.