Plot and character outlines Essay
Plot and character outlines
He also wants different colored rabbits that he can feed with the alfalfa that he will collect. Lennies dream doesn’t come true as his child like nature means that he tries to stroke Curly’s wife’s hair and not wanting her to scream he breaks her neck. He then flees to the “brush” where George told him to hide if anything went wrong. George wanting to protect Lennie from the pain of being hung decides instead to shoot him in the back of the head similar to the way Candy’s dog was so mercilessly killed. Another character who has a dream is Candy.
Candy is a decrepit old man who is described as a “swamper” who lost his hand at the end of his useful life on the ranch. He wishes to join George and lennie to escape the ranch. His dream is to join George and lennie and seeks security in his old age. He is desperate and determined to make it happen as he is afraid he will end up like his dog as he will be sacked as soon as he becomes too old to do any work. Candy is considered useless as he only has one hand “I got hurt four years ago… they’ll can me pretty soon”.
Candy’s only friend on the ranch was his dog who was shot and so he seeks company and doesn’t want to be lonely any more, wants company in his old age “I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs” Candy’s dream doesn’t come true as he has to abandon his plans as lennie is killed and George has to leave town as many of the men at the ranch believe that he might have been conspiring with lennie. At this Candy,s American dream is crushed. The next character who dreams is Crooks. He is a black stable hand, lives by himself in the harness room, a shed attached to the barn.
Injured when a horse kicked him, Crooks has a body that is bent to the left because of his crooked spine. The stable hand has many horse care items in his room, as well as personal belongings he keeps because he is a more permanent tenant. He is a proud man but he feels segregated from the other guys and so spends most of his time in his room reading. He used to own his own hand but he lost it He dreams of one day being accepted and being able to “sit in the bunk house and play cards” he wants to be able to fit in and find his own place in society, have somebody that he can talk to “A guy needs somebody to be near him.
A guy goes nuts if he aint got nobody”. He wanted to join George and Lennie but he pulls out after George finds out that Lennie and candy have been talking to crooks about the land and Crooks’ wanting to avoid disappointment decides that it is best he pulls out as George is not happy. Curly’s wife also has a dream. Curly’s wife is a seductive, pretty woman who not happy with her marriage to curly seeks excitement and a new life “A show came through, an’ I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn’t let me…
If Id went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet”. she doesn’t like Curly’s and says he is a “mean guy” she is also happy when Lennie breaks Curly’s hand as she says “it’s good you busted curly up”. Her dream is to become a big movie star as she makes reference to “Nother time I met a guy, an’ he was in pitchers… he says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural. Soon’s he get back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about it… I never got that letter… I always thought my ol’ lady stole it.
” Her dream was to go on stage and entertain as she also tried to run away with the circus A show came through, an’ I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol’ lady wouldn’t let me… If Id went, I wouldn’t be livin’ like this, you bet. ” this makes reference to the fact that she is lonely as the only woman on the ranch and resents her life. Curly’s wife trys to leave the ranch when she comes across lennie and they get talking, she lets Lennie touch her hair but he gets carried away and ends up killing her.
Her dreams of fame and belonging are dashed as she dies before she gets the chance to leave the ranch. The last character who has a dream is Curly. He is the boss’ son, a young, pugnacious character, once a semi-professional boxer. He is described by others, with some irony, as “handy”. He is very jealous and protective of his wife and immediately develops a dislike toward Lennie. He is married but his marriage is a shame as his wife feels lonely and spends half her time supposedly looking for curly. His wife could be described as a promiscuous as she seems to take a interest in the other men on the ranch.
Curly is a small guy and doesn’t like big guys, “like all small guys, he don’t like big guys” His dream was to become a professional boxer but he had to stay on the ranch, he feels insecure and possessive of his wife, as she has a promiscuous personality. “Seems like Curly is cockier than ever since he got married”. His dreams were dashed as he had to stay on the ranch and was not allowed to follow his dream, this may be why he is so bitter and angry . He also cannot even keep his wife as she seems to wander off a lot.
His dreams are further crushed as his hand is badly damaged in a fight with Lennie. As his hand is broken he will never be able to fight again, as well as the shame of being beaten by someone who is considered to be mentally handicapped really damaged his reputation. To sum up, most the characters in the book have a dream of some sort. All of the characters dreams in the book ‘of mice and men’ do not come true . Lennie and Georges dream is slashed by Lennie killing Curlys wife and her dreams are slashed as she is killed but Curly’s wife dose finally decide to leave Curly which was part of her dream.
Candy’s dream dies with Lennie as George is not interested in the farm anymore. Crooks had his dream when he used to own his own bit of land but it was taken away from him and so his dream was crushed. They chased their dreams but none of them came true which has reference to the American dream which many people chased but most never achieve. By marc di-trolio Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE John Steinbeck section.