George Lennie Candy Slim Curley Curley’s Wife Crooks Carlson Boss
He takes care of Lennie He is always afraid that Lennie will get in trouble Small and quick witted he is considered the brains
"God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy.“ Says this when he talked about Lennie messing up. "Ya know...I'm scared I'm gonna tangle with that bastard myself. I hate his guts.” Talking about Curley "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 a poolroom till ever'body goes home. An' then I'll come back an' work another month an' I'll have fifty bucks more.“ What he will do when Lennie is gone. "No, Lennie, I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know.” Talks to Lennie before he dies
A huge man with a small brain He constantly gets in trouble but isn’t mean He loves soft things including mice, rabbits and women’s hair Accused of raping a woman in Weed Kill’s Curley’s wife A TRAGIC character
"I don't know why I can't keep it. It ain't nobody's mouse. I didn't steal it. I found it lyin' right beside the road” Trying to convince George he can keep a dead mouse "I done another bad thing.“ Talking about when he killed Curley’s Wife “But not us, George, because I... see, I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.” When he discuss why he and George are lucky “She’s purty” Talking about Curley’s Wife “And I get to tend the rabbits!” Discussing a future farm that he and George live on.
An elderly man He is missing one hand He lost his hand in a machine accident Plans on getting a place with Lennie and George His dog is killed when it is no longer of use
"You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? You and me can go there and live nice, can't we, George? Can't we?“ After Lennie killed Curley’s wife “Lennie I’ve done some figurin’” Every 5 pages after he convinces George he can join him and Lennie on the ranch "I ought to of shot that dog myself... I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.“ After Carlson shoots his dog…Foreshadowing!!! "Maybe if I give you guys my money, you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it.“ Candy talks about the ranch
Best Skinner on the ranch The “Prince” of the ranch His word is law Give Lennie a puppy Agrees to keep George and Lennie’s secret about Weed
“You hadda, George. I swear you hadda” After George shot Lennie
Self-absorbed He always has to prove himself Always looking for a fight Likes to fight bigger guys Napoleonic Complex
"Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet.... I'll show ya who's yella.“ Curley taunting Lennie as he is fighting him
A “purty” lady with an ugly heart Always seeking attention Could have been a movie star Tart Racist/Bigot Falls at the hand of Lennie
“Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes—all them nice clothes like they wear. An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me.“ She is discussing what she could have been with Lennie "Well, I ain't told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought'n to. I don' like Curley. He ain't a nice fella.“ She reveals her true feelings about Curley to Lennie
The lone black character He has a crooked back and that is where he gets his name He is often verbally abused Lonely and thinks of joining Lennie and George
"You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.“ Crooks discussing people entering his room. He is fighting for his right as a human being.
A plump/round bellied man He often gets “the eye” from Curley’s wife A minor character that kills Candy’s dog
"Well, I can't stand him in here...That stink hangs around even after he's gone.“ Discussing Candy’s dog before he is shot.
The chapter opens up with Lennie and George at the river bend. Lennie drinks from the river and George will not. George takes a dead mouse away from Lennie. We discover that Lennie is slow and large and that George is quick and small. They eat beans for dinner and George loses his temper. Lennie threatens to leave where he could have ketchup and keep his mice…but does not. Even though they don’t have ketchup Lennie stayed. George made Lennie repeat “in the brush down by the river.” This is where we first hear about the rabbits and their dream of living on their own ranch!
We go to the ranch. Lennie isn’t suppose to talk to the boss but does anyway. George gets upset. The boss questions them but they pass the test. We meet Candy, Curley, Curley’s Wife, Slim and Carlson. We get a view of the bunkhouse and into some of the characters. We see that Curley is a jerk, Curley’s wife is a flirt and Slim is the god of the ranch.
Slim agrees to give Lennie one of his newly born puppies. George tells Slim how they met and how he helped Lennie out after the death of his Aunt Clara. He also tells Slim about the incident with the girl in Weed (Lennie touches dress, doesn’t let go, girl freaks…cries rape, lynch mob, hide in irrigation ditch). Slim asks if the girls was ok…George said she was fine. Carlson offers to and kills Candy’s stinky dog. Candy asks if he can go live with Lennie and George on their dream ranch. He offers $350 and George agrees. They decide to tell no one. Curley accuses Slim of sleeping with his wife. Lennie is smiling about the dream and Curley fights him. Lennie crushes Curley’s hand when George says…”get him Lennie”.
This is the infamous barn chapter. Lennie is visiting his pup and sees Crooks’ (the stable buck) light is on. He goes in to talk to Crooks. Crooks scares Lennie asking him what he would do if George didn’t come back. Lennie threatens Crooks and Crooks says he was only supposin’. Candy enters and they all talk about the ranch. Crooks calls them crazy but asks if he could work there. Curley’s wife enters and no one notices. She calls them rejects and threatens Crooks. Crooks backs up and Candy says they tell the truth. She said no one would believe them. Candy convinces Curley’s wife that the boys are back and she leaves. George enters and Crooks then tells Candy to forget what he asked him.
Barn Scene Take 2. Lennie is alone in the barn with his now dead pup. He had smacked the dog when it tried to bite him. He is visibly upset and worried about not getting to tend the rabbits. He is talking to himself when Curley’s wife enters. She asks him several questions and one thing leads to another. She allows Lennie to pet her “soft” hair. When she freaks out he clamps down on her hair. When she screamed he covers her mouth. He shakes her to quiet her and snaps her neck. He realizes what happened, covers the body and goes to the brush by the river. Candy discovers the body and gets George. George convinces Candy to let him go to the bunkhouse so he isn’t blamed and then he can go get the other guys. He does. Curley and the guys decide they have to go get Lennie. Curley plans to shoot him in the gut. George goes with him, with Carlson’s Luger. Carlson believes Lennie has the gun.
This chapter starts just like chapter 1. They describe the river valley in detail. We see Lennie again at the rivers edge. He has a short interchange with an imaginary Aunt Clara and a large rabbit. He is fearful that George will leave him. George appears and there is a touching scene. George tells Lennie he was never mad at him. He then tells Lennie about the ranch…now Lennie’s heaven. Lennie asks when they can go there and George shoots Lennie in the back of the head (like Candy should of done for his dog). George throws the gun aside. Slim yells for George and they are soon joined by the other men. Slim tells George he “hadda” do it. They go have a drink. Carlson wonders why they are both so upset. (enter creepy banjo music)
What are these quotes examples of???. "The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head,..." Metaphor "Suddenly, Lennie appeared out of the brush, and he came as silently as a creeping bear moves." Simile "I wisht I could put you in a cage with about a million mice an' let you have fun." Hyperbole
Anguished: showing an agonizing physical or mental pain Ashamedly: showing a feeling of guilt Bewildered: confused; befuddled Complacently: in a self- satisfied manner Confided: told private matters not intended to be publicly known Contemplated: considered thoughtfully Dejectedly: sadly, depressed or disheartened Derogatory: detracting or disparaging Disarming: endearing; tending to remove hostility or suspicion Gestured: made a motion to express a thought or to emphasize speech
Indignation: an anger aroused by something unjust, mean or unworthy Meager: deficient in quantity; scant Morosely: glumly; gloom Ominously: with foreboding Persuasive: convincing Quivering: trembling Reprehensible: worthy of blame; deserving censure Skeptically: showing doubt or disbelief; questioningly Sniveled: cried or wept with sniffling Subdued: to quiet or bring under control by physical force
Look over these notes and your chapter questions. This will give you a good idea about the questions asked. Review your vocabulary worksheets and vocabulary words. These will help you a lot on the matching section. Remember points where I stopped and pointed things out. There was a reason each and every time. Remember those points and they will help you Good Luck!!!