"Of mice and men" by John Steinbeck.

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Of Mice and Men

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is about two friends who travel together, George and Lennie. George is a little man, who is very level-head and smart. Lennie, on the other hand, is a big man, who doesn't act like a man. Lennie is quite dumb and acts like a child. He is a hard worker, but is not too bright and always has George there to help him out when he gets in trouble.

The book begins when George and Lennie are walking and stop near a pond. They have just been kicked off a bus that was bringing them to there new job at a ranch, so now they are walking. They have decided to stop and stay where they are for a night and in the morning leave for the ranch. Lennie has a problem with touching things, he always wants to touch soft thing, like mice, rabbits, and soft dresses.

He sometimes takes mice and pets them repeatedly but because Lennie is such a big man his petting leads to the mice and other animals dying. George and Lennie have a "dream" that one day when they get enough money they will buy there own farm and raise animals and have rabbit. Since rabbits are soft all Lennie wants to do when they get this farm is to tend to the rabbit and George will allow him to, but if he does anything bad George will not let him tend to the rabbits, but that is hard for Lennie because he acts like a child.

When they arrive at the ranch they meet many people like: Candy, an old man who only has one hand who ends up wanting to go to the farm with them,