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English Literature

Plot

The story begins when George and Lennie prepare to arrive at a ranch to work - and ends in tragedy [tragedy: A type of drama in which characters undergo suffering or calamity and which usually ends with a death. A sad or catastrophic event causing suffering or death. ] just four days later. The story is told in the third person [third person: The verb form that indicates the action is being done neither by the speaker ('I') or by the person being addressed ('you') but by a third person - a 'he', 'she' or 'they'. ], so we are provided with a clear, unbiased view of all the characters.

Chapter 1

George and Lennie camp in the brush by a pool, the night before starting new jobs as ranch hands.

George finds Lennie stroking a dead mouse in his pocket. He complains that caring for Lennie prevents him from living a freer life. We find out that Lennie's innocent petting of a girl's dress led to them losing their last jobs in Weed.

However, when they talk about their dream of getting a piece of land together, we know they really depend on each other.

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