Never Miss A New Creation Sign up for my newsletter for updates about my latest books, short stories, and photographs. Most animals burrowed in their dens, tucked away from the threat, leaving the night quiet except for the raging storm.
Some rabbits sit in the sand. The novel begins here, in the cool of the sycamores among the golden shadows of a California evening, with a path in the forest leading to the sandy river's edge.
One thing is missing: Here we are introduced to the landscape in which the novel is to take place, the Salinas Valley in the early 20th century, as well as the author's particular style, which, in Steinbeck's case, tends toward the Romantic.
The idyllic peace of the initial scene is disrupted as the novel's two main characters emerge from the woods. The rabbits scurry into the shrubs we should pay special attention to rabbits in light of what is to come and a heron flies from the edge of the still pool before George and Lennie enter the clearing.
The pair are physical opposites, George being "small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features" 2 while Lennie is described as "a huge man, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders, and he walked heavily" 2. George orders his larger companion to not drink too much from the river and we immediately learn who is in charge as Lennie carefully imitates George's actions at the riverbank.
See the Character Profile section for more details. The pair have just walked about four miles after being dropped off by a bus. George is irritated at the length of the walk and at Lennie's forgetfulness as to where they are headed.
As Lennie re-learns, we come to understand that the two are migrant ranch workers, on their way from one job to another. The next morning they are to work at a ranch in Soledad and George makes it clear that he is to do the talking with the boss when they arrive.
In the course of re-explaining their destination, George angrily discovers that Lennie has been concealing a dead mouse in his pocket "I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along" 6Lennie innocently argues and makes him throw it away into the weeds.
This curious desire of Lennie's to pet soft things, even if they are soft, dead things, is one to be noted carefully in light of future and past events. After failing at an attempt to retrieve the dead mouse that he threw away George catches him while he is supposed to be gathering firewood for dinner, Lennie mentions a lady who once gave him mice to pet and George, annoyed, reminds him that the lady in question was Lennie's own Aunt Clara, through whom we are to guess that the two are somehow tied.
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. You do bad things and I got to get you out" Through George's anger, we learn that one of the "bad things" occurred at their last job, in Weed, when Lennie wanted to pet a woman's dress because he thought it was pretty and held on when she tried to jerk away.
The two had to flee the town in the night when the woman raised assault charges and brought the whole town looking for Lennie and George.
Lennie responds to George's anger with self-pity and the use of the guilt trip, sorrowfully saying that if George doesn't want him around, he could just go off and live in the hills by himself. This tactic softens George into saying that he wants Lennie to stay with him, after which Lennie urges George to tell "about the rabbits" Video: Conflict in Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck creates conflict in his novella 'Of Mice and Men' to increase tension and move the characters toward the climax and resolution of the story.
OCR style mock exam question based on conflict in a particular extract from the novel for GCSE English Language. There is certainly no lack of conflict in John Steinbeck's Depression-era novella, Of Mice and Men. Not only do the main characters, George and Lennie, encounter conflict in the story, but the secondary characters, like Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife, do as well.
Forces involved in the conﬂict continued Of Mice and Men Name Literary Skills: Conflict Push Comes to Shove Chapter 3 2. George makes Lennie return the pup to the barn.
a. Type of conflict Vat M: “‘3. George, in his trying to take care of Lennie, often intervenes in the "man vs man" conflicts because Lennie's limited abilities causes him to miss the nuances of life among groups.
George does have some internal conflict, since he has to decide whether or not to kill Lennie. Many of the ironies in Of Mice and Men support the idea that oppression is a human weakness rather than, for example, a race or gender issue. Consider Lennie – he has a large build, and accidentally inflicts harm – but he does have a gentle spirit, and is essentially controlled .