BC: The End
FC: Of Mice and Men
1: Lennie and George are two migrant workers in California trying to make a living in hopes to someday own a farm of their own. However, Lennie is unaware of his strength which creates some turbulence. At their new work, Lennie and George meet their coworkers including their boss's pompous instigator of a son, Curley. They also befriend an old swamper named Candy, and his old dog. Along the way, Curley picks a fight with Lennie resulting in Curley's broken hand, Candy's old dog is put down, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy, Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife, and finally...George kills Lennie to save him from the ensuing mob.
2: George is much smaller than Lennie and acts as the leader of the two. He often helps Lennie out of problems and instructs Lennie on how to conduct himself. George seems to give Lennie some hard times but it is evident that this is out of care and that George is only trying to help Lennie. | Lennie is a very large, strong individual. George says himself that Lennie would not intend on hurting anyone. Though because Lennie is not too bright, he unfortunately hurts too often
3: Rural California is the major setting of this book with a particular farm as the main setting. The setting mirrors major plot developments focusing on Lennie. The riverbed is where the story begins and ends, where you first see Lennie accidentally kill a mouse and here about he and George's farm plans. While at their new workplace, you are given an instance of mercy killing for Candy's old Dog. There you also see Lennie's accidentally killing of his puppy and then Curley's Wife. Finally, you return to the riverbed where Lennie is mercy killed by George as he describes their dream farm.
4: In George's situation, Lennie is a challenge however not essentially a problem because of George's care for him. The problem could be described as Lennie's clumsy strength which ultimately ends three lives. Another problem that may be described is the general misunderstanding people have of Lennie. The resolution of this is simply the death of Lennie.
5: The idea of an American dream is one element that can relate to life in the 1920's. Lennie and George's, and eventually Candy's, dream is to be successful and independent on their own farm. Curley's wife also shares her past dream of becoming an actress. The 20's were a time for dreams often in the form of wealth, and this book certainly pertains to that strive for a personal dream. Another historical context examined in the book is the sense of powers. Wealthy aristocrats often held the power in the 20's and it is evident that Curley wrestles to assert his power over everyone, as others assert powers over each other. Another example of this is the power held over black people in the 1920's as the Character Crooks had power held over him.