How is George Milton described?
George Milton is the somewhat unlikeable protagonist of Of Mice and Men. While Lennie Small, George's companion, is simple-minded and friendly, George is sharp in every way: his physical features are slim and sharp; he has a sharp mind and wit; he is quick-tempered and sharp when dealing with Lennie.
Of Mice and Men. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
- He kills him out of love. Since Lennie accidentally killed Curley's wife, George knows that there is no way to save him now. Furthermore, if Curley gets his hands on Lennie, he will make his revenge be slow, terrifying, and painful. Therefore, George knows that the only way to protect Lennie is to shoot him.
- Of Mice and Men. The title of the book comes from a poem by the 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns. It is about a mouse which carefully builds a winter nest in a wheat field, only for it to be destroyed by a ploughman. It is written in Scots dialect.
- Candy replies that he has had the dog for too many years to kill it, but Carlson continues to pressure him. Eventually Slim joins in, suggesting that Candy would be putting a suffering animal out if its misery. Slim offers him a puppy and urges him to let Carlson shoot the dog.
Of Mice and Men Topic Tracking: Animal (Lennie Described as an Animal) Animal 1: The first time we see Lennie, he is immediately compared to an animal: "and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." Chapter 1, pg. 2.
- George and Lennie, two migrant workers during the Great Depression, walk along a trail on the Salinas River just south of Soledad, California. They are on their way to a new ranch, where they hope to be hired to “buck barley,” that is, to haul sacks full of grain.
- Lennie is carrying the dead mouse because he likes to touch soft things. He loves soft, furry animals and dreams one day of living in his own farmhouse with George and raising rabbits. He accidentally killed the mouse by squeezing it too hard.
- Of Mice and Men Topic Tracking: Animal (Lennie Described as an Animal) Animal 1: The first time we see Lennie, he is immediately compared to an animal: "and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." Chapter 1, pg. 2.
Updated: 2nd October 2019