Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”: Plot Analysis
March 11, 2019
They are going to a ranch, George tells the big man. Once there, Lennie is to shut up. George will do the talking. And Lennie is to behave himself, no “bad things” like he did before. Lennie is sent to get wood so they can start a fire and heat up three cans of beans. He comes back with one small stick of willow and—the dead mouse. George had suspected his companion when he came back with wet feet, having had to go across the narrow stream to get the mouse. Lennie starts to cry. George, his arm on Lennie’s shoulder, explains getting rid of the mouse is for the big man’s own good. They cook the beans.