George then raises the Luger to the back of Lennie’s head and kills him out of mercy.Told in the third-person omniscient, the events and characters in are presented in unflinching detail from an unbiased point of view.
‘Compassion and love’, to Steinbeck – Still, George and Lennie separate themselves from the others by using the third person to describe farm hands as, ‘the loneliest guys in the world.’ The superlative ‘loneliest’ and hyperbole ‘in the world’ exaggerates the harshness of the world of the Depression as shown in the novel.
Sometimes it seems that George ‘owns’ the dream – as he is the one who tells it to Lennie, like a child’s bedtime story, prayer or mantra, in keeping with his role as ‘parent/protector’ to his child-like companion.
Again, unaware of his strength, Lennie breaks the woman’s neck and attempts to conceal her body in the hay, just like the puppy’s.
When the men of the farm discover her body and realize that Lennie has killed her, George steals another ranch hand’s Luger.
The wife, bored and starved for attention, confides in Lennie and allows him to stroke her soft hair.
Lennie holds firmly onto her hair, frightening her, and he then covers her mouth to conceal any screams.
Curley, the boss’s son, is a pugnacious and violent man with a coquettish wife.
George further instructs Lennie to stay away from Curley’s wife, as the woman is regarded as trouble.
Of Mice and Men Dreams Of Mice and Men is set in Salinas, California in the 1930s Great Depression. But it was harder than ever to achieve due to the tough economic conditions of the Depression.
This links to the American Dream – represented in George and Lennie’s dream of working hard and getting their own land and farm, and control over their own lives.